Indeed, hot pepper capsaicin is an extremely hot topic. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes hot peppers “Hot”. The Scoville Organoleptic Scale was created in 1912 by a pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville. Scoville designed it to measure the “heat” in hot peppers.
There are five common, naturally occurring capsaicinoids. The hottest of them is rated 16 million Scoville units. A single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will blister your tongue!
|Chili||15,000 – 30,000|
|Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)||855,000 – 1,041,427|
|Dragon’s Breath Chili||2,400,000|
|Maximum on Scale||16,000,000|
Yup, that’s right. Capsaicin has medicinal properties.
It may surprise you to know, that Capsaicin has medicinal value. It helps to reduce inflammations.