The Scoville Scale

A scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, to measure the heat level in chillies. It was first a subjective taste test, but since, it has been refined by the use of HPLC, the unit is named in honour of its inventor.

The test officially measures the pungency level of a given pepper. There are other methods, but the Scoville Scale remains the most widely used and respected. The greater the number of Scoville units, the hotter the pepper. Of course, being a natural product, the heat can vary from pepper to pepper, so this scale should be considered a guide.

List of Scoville ratings

Rating Chilli
2000000 Carolina Reaper
2000000 Trinidad moruga scorpion
1400000 Trinidad Scorpion
1382000 Naga Viper pepper
1080000 Spanish Naga Chilli Pepper
1067286 Infinity Chilli
1000000 Bhut Jolokia
923000 The Naga Dorset Pepper
855000 The Naga Jolokia
577000 Red Savina pepper
350000 Scotch bonnet
350000 Habanero
225000 Birds Eye pepper
140000 Pequin pepper
110000 Bahamian pepper
100000 Chiltepin pepper
75000 Red Amazon Pepper
50000 Cayenne
30000 De Arbol pepper
30000 Manzano pepper
25000 Serrano pepper
25000 Rocotillo pepper
23000 Peter pepper
10000 Jalapeño
5000 Guajillo Chilli
2500 Banana Pepper
2500 Anaheim pepper
2000 Ancho pepper
2000 Kashmirir Chilli
1000 Cubanelle Pepper
900 Pimento
700 Santa Fe Grande pepper