How are chilies’ heat levels measured?

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Our chilies‘ hotness is measured in average scoville units, meaning that their hotness has been calculated using the scoville organoleptic test (a somewhat subjective test where levels of necessary dilution to avoid a spicy flavor are measured). By comparing scoville ratings you can get a sense of how hot one type of chile is relative to another type. The ranges, rather than single values, are provided because the test results vary from tester to tester and heat can vary from chile to chile and plant to plant, depending on origin.

There’s another test that’s more accurate, but also more expensive, called High Performance Liquid Chromatography. You can read more about both tests here & check out our chile heat scale here.

Question Submitted by Larry S.

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