What Is The Scoville Scale?

What Is The Scoville Scale?

When it comes to chillis, people refer to heat on the Scoville Scale. Our kitchen specialists like things spicy at My Kitchen Spices, but this fiery ingredient can be a little overwhelming. 

The Scoville scale measures all types of fruits from the sweet bell pepper to the take-your-breath-away Carolina Reaper chilli. If you are interested in trying new spicy foods, start small and build up your tolerance over time.

The Scoville scale measures a chilli peppers capsaicin. It is this molecule that gives each chilli pepper its kick. However, not all chillis are the same. A ghost chilli with up to 1,200,000 Scoville units is far hotter than a Jalapeno which measures roughly 6,000 Scoville units.

Benefits of Capsaicin

At My Kitchen Spices, we love cooking, and our spice blends show that. Like most foods in excessive amounts, capsaicin can cause hazardous results and can lead to hospitalisation. 

But, in small amounts and with tolerance to capsaicin, it is known to speed up a bodies metabolism and helps to clear a runny nose. Some other benefits of chilli peppers on the Scoville scale may include:

  • May relieve headaches
  • Clear a runny nose
  • Speed up metabolism
  • Full of vitamins

Furthermore, chilli peppers are nutritious fruits. They are high in vitamin C, and depending on the chilli can contain a host of other vitamins. These fiery fruits are an excellent source of nutrition, although our kitchen specialists would not recommend snacking on a Carolina Reaper for lunch. 

Where To Get Your Favourite Chilli Powder

An excellent place to start with the Scoville scale is trying new foods. Our Taste Of Spice Box comes with five fiery flavours from across the planet, giving you a splash of heat in your home cooking. 

Try a delicious Jerk chicken one week and a mouth-watering Piri Piri the week after. Plus, these boxes are an ideal gift for your friends that love spicy food.

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