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Pepper Joe's Hot Pepper Heat Scale

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We get questions all of the time about heat levels. How many Scoville Units is this Hot Pepper?

What's the worlds hottest pepper? Scotch Bonnet vs Habanero? Ghost Pepper vs Habanero? Send me your Hot Pepper list Pepper Joe, and what is the Chili heat scale? The Chile Scoville Scale?

So with all of these questions on the Hot Peppers heat level...we created our own 'Pepper Joe Heat Scale'.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU) Heat Rating Pepper & Extract Varieties

HOT! HOTTER! HOTTEST!

From the innocently mild to the screaming hot, the Scoville Heat Unit Scale breaks down the heat intensity between hot pepper varieties and extracts.

15,000,000 - 16,000,000 “5 Pure Capsacin
2,000,000 - 10,000,000 “5 Pepper Extracts - ie, The Source, Blair’s Reserve
8,800,000 - 9,100,000 “5 Norhydrocapsaicin
6,000,000 - 8,600,000 “5 Homocapsaicin, Homodihydrocapsaicin
2,500,000 - 5,300,000 “5 US Grade Police Pepper Spray
2,000,000 - 2,200,000 “5 Carolina Reaper
1,150,000 - 2,000,000 “5 Trinidad Scorpion, Butch T, Naga Viper, Common Pepper Spray
855,000 - 1,463,000 “4 Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia)
876,000 - 970,000 “4 Dorset Naga
350,000 - 855,000 “4 Red Savina Habanero, Indian Tezpur
100,000 - 350,000 “4 Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Bird’s Eye, Jamaican
50,000 - 100,000 “3 Thai Hot Peppers, Chilitepin, Santaka
30,000 - 50,000 “3 Cayenne, Tabasco, Piquin, Aji
15,000 - 30,000 “3 Chile de Arbol, Manzano
5,000 - 15,000 “2 Serrano, Yellow Wax Pepper
2,500 - 20,000 “2 Jalapeno, Poblano, Chipotle, Mirasol
1,500 - 2,500 “2 Sandia, Cascabel, NuMex Big Jim
1,000 - 1,500 “1 Ancho, Anaheim, Pasilla, Espanola
100 - 1,000 “1 Paprika, Anaheim, Mexican Bell, Pepperoncini, Cherry
0 - 100 “1 Sweet Bell Peppers, Sweet Banana, Pimento

Heat scales are purely subjective. Even with a scientific test like Scoville Units, the hotness of peppers can vary in the same variety from plant to plant and even on the same plant. However, I hope this helps you to make your selections.

Our Super Hots Collection contains Hot Peppers with LESS THAN 1 Million Scoville Units. 

Our World Champion Hottest Peppers Collection contains Hot Peppers with OVER 1 Million Scoville Units.

Hot peppers are a lot of fun. But please take them seriously and handle with care.

Check out Pepper Joe's Collection of Super Hots - Hot Peppers with Less Than 1 million Scoville Units

Check out Pepper Joe's Collection of World Champion Hottest Peppers - With OVER 1 Million Scoville Units