Types of Chillies
There are over 200 different types of chillies globally.
It is believed that the smaller the chilli the more intense the heat it produces! A chilli’s heat can be rated using the heat scale known as The Scoville Scale, developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912. A sweet pepper scores 0 on the scale, Jalapeño and chipotle chillies score anything between 2,500 to 10,000 and habañero and Scotch bonnet score 80,000 to 300,000.
Research states the world’s hottest chilli is called the Carolina Reaper which is rated at 1,569,300 on the Scoville scale. Carolina Reaper was named the world’s hottest chilli by the Guinness World Records in 2013!
Final thought of the day
Did you know that the best way to overcome the burning sensation from a chilli is to drink milk or to have a spoonful of yogurt? Drinking water spreads the capsaicin oil produced from the chilli around your mouth and as a result the burning sensation is not taken away.