How Hot Is Your Chili Pepper?

Poblano Chili (Chili Ancho) - Almost Ripe, How Hot Is Your Chili Pepper
Poblano Chili (Chili Ancho) – Almost Ripe

With spring nearly upon us, it is time to consider, which peppers are going to grow this year and why.  I usually grow the Poblano (Chili Ancho) and sometimes if you sweet peppers for color. However, we typically eat the Poblano pepper in our meals, because we like the flavor.  Knowing how hot the chili is can help you choose the right Chili for your purposes. Some people want to grow then hot because they can, others just like the hotter pepper, such as the jalapeno or Chili Piquin.  For whatever reason your choosing to go peppers this year, here’s a quick guide, which may give you a feel for how hot the chili you are choosing to grow may be.

Table of   Heat Units

Scoville Heat Units

Chili Pepper

2,480,000

Dragon’s
Breath

1,569,300
– 2,200,000

Carolina
Reaper Pepper

1,463,700

Trinidad
Scorpion Butch T

1,382,118

Naga
Viper pepper  

1,041,427

Naga
bhut jolokia pepper

923,000

Dorset
Naga

855,000
(reported)

The
Naga Jolokia pepper

350,000
– 577,000

Red
Savina habanero  

100,000
– 350,000

Habanero

100,000
– 325,000

Scotch
bonnet  

100,000
– 225,000

Birds
Eye pepper

100,000
– 200,000

Jamaican
Hot pepper

100,000
– 125,000

Carolina
Cayenne pepper

95,000
– 110,000

Bahamian
pepper

85,000
– 115,000

Tabiche
pepper

75,000
– 80,000

Red
Amazon Pepper

50,000
– 100,000

Thai
pepper

50,000
– 100,000

Chiltepin
pepper

40,000
– 58,000

Piquin
pepper

40,000
– 50,000

Super
Chile pepper

40,000
– 50,000

Santaka
pepper

30,000
– 50,000

Cayenne
pepper  

30,000
– 50,000

Tabasco
pepper  

15,000
– 30,000

de
Arbol pepper

12,000
– 30,000

Manzano
pepper

6,000
– 23,000

Serrano
pepper

5,000
– 10,000

Hot
Wax pepper

2,500
– 8,000

Santaka
pepper

2,500
– 5,000

Jalapeño

2,500
– 5,000

Guajilla
pepper

1,500
– 2,500

Rocotilla
pepper

1,000
– 2,000

pasilla
pepper

1,000
– 2,000

Ancho
pepper

1,000
– 2,000

Poblano
pepper

700
– 1,000

Coronado
pepper

500
– 2,500

Anaheim
pepper

500
– 1,000

New
Mexico pepper

400
– 700

Santa
Fe Grande pepper

100
– 1000

Cubanelle
Pepper  

100
– 500

Pepperoncini,
Tuscan pepper, sweet Italian peppers, and golden Greek peppers.

100
– 500

Pimento

0

Sweet
Bell pepper

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