The Scoville Scale was created in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville to measure the hotness of chile peppers. The chemical found in chile peppers that gives them their heat is called capsaicin. The Scoville Scale measures the amount of capsaicin using Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Here are some popular peppers and how they rank on the Scoville Scale.
|Pepper||Scoville Heat Units (SHU)|
|Trinidad Moruga Scorpion||2,009,000|
|Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)||1,041,000|
|Bell Peppers||No Heat|
Here’s how Sriracha stacks up to other hot sauces on the Scoville Scale.
|Hot Sauce||Scoville Heat Units (SHU)|
|Marie Sharpe's Fiery Hot Sauce||6,775|
|Huy Fong Sriracha||2,200|
|Frank's Red Hot||450|
Due to the data above, many hardcore heat enthusiasts actually don’t consider Sriracha to be very spicy, but instead a chili sauce on the sweeter side. Whatever it is, it’s amazing and I need more of it.
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