Hot Chili Peppers, get your BTU’s

The traveller’s guide to Mexico makes it all clear!

“The Scoville scale measures their (chili peppers) hotness in heat units (SHUs). Cayenne, the chili Tabasco sauce is made from, ranks a respectable 3rd place behind the hottest chili known to man, the habanero. The green Bell pepper is a 0! See how your favorites stack up.”

Chili                                           SHU

Habanero                                 100,000-350,000

Piquin                                          50,000-100,000

Cayenne                                       30,000-50,000

De Arbol                                       15,000-30,000

Chipotle                                                       15,000

Serrano                                          5,000-15,000

Jalapeno                                        5000-10,000

Pasilla                                              1,000-2,000

Poblano                                           1,000-1,500

dranzer says:

..just a correction, the hottest chilli according to  the Guinness Book of World Records is ‘Bhut Jolokia’ with an SHU of over 1 Million. Habanero comes second;)


Capsicum Annuum or Cayenne pepper named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana


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  3. dranzer says:

    ..just a correction, the hottest chilli according to Guinness Book of World Records is ‘Bhut Jolokia’ with an SHU of over 1 Million. Habanero comes second;)

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