Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Scoville Index – Heat Wave Warning!


So how does one know what to expect before he bites into that red, green or yellow pepper? Is there a way to anticipate how much water you should have on hand to quell the fire? Presenting the Scoville Heat Index. This method of evaluating the pungency (hotness) of chili peppers is named after its […]

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What Makes Peppers Hot?


The answer to the title of this article is an easy one, albeit a somewhat big word. Capsaicin is what makes peppers hot. So exactly what is this stuff and is it good for you? Capsaicin is the active compound resident in chili peppers. Chili peppers belong to the capsicum plant family, thus the name […]

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