Habanero or Jalapeño or Carolina Reaper or any other chili? Which one is the hottest chili pepper according to you, and is it healthy for you?
Let’s find out together.
The color of chili pepper can give you a quite idea of how healthy it would be. They come in an array of colors, such as red, green, yellow, orange, and purple. Each varies in its level of hotness, which can be through its color variants.
As per the Scoville scale, the mildest peppers sweet bell peppers and cherry peppers come on the bottom, in the middle, there are peppers like yellow hot wax peppers and red cayenne peppers. But when it comes to hottest peppers rated on the top of the heat scales, Habanero is a commonly heard popular name. These peppers are used making various hot sauces, like Mango Habanero Sauce and many more.
What Makes Peppers Hot?
Several factors collectively account for peppers’ heat. The topmost factor is the type of pepper you’re using and to which breed it belongs. The maximum heat of a pepper resides in the seeds and fleshy internal ribs, you must consider that while using it.
When the pepper is harvested, also has a great impact on its heat. Peppers that are still green while harvesting are comparatively mild in comparison to those harvested when they have begun to ripen to red or orange.
According to the Scoville Scale, a heat scoring test for pepper designed a century ago and is still in use, Habanero peppers are named among one of the superhot peppers. They come in a color range from fiery red to deep orange to light orange with Scoville Rating 80,000 – 600,000. Check out the Scoville Heat Chart below to see which peppers to use in your own Hot Sauce Recipe.