June 15th, 2010
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Scoville rating
Category: Measurement
Definition: A rating system for the spiciness of food, developed in 1927. Pure capsaicin measures 15 million to 16 million Scoville heat units, while a bell pepper or something with no discernible heat measures zero units. The Infinity and ghost peppers, acknowledged as the hottest peppers, rate above 1 million Scoville units, a habanero rates between 100,000 and 350,000, a cayenne pepper is between 30,000 and 50,000, a jalapeƱo is between 2,500 and 8,000, and a pimento rates between 100 and 500 Scoville units

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