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February 17, 2015

Scoville scale

Scoville scale

What measures the Scoville scale?

The Scoville scale is a comparative scale that measures the degree of hotness in chili peppers. The scale is named after the American chemist Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (Wilbur Lincoln Scoville), who developed a method to measure the hot potential of different hot peppers, or more precisely, the amount of capsaicin contained in them. The unit in which this quantity is measured is the SHU (abbreviation of Scoville Heat Unit).

 

 

When was the Scoville scale invented?

In 1912, Scoville invented a method to test the hotness of peppers. In an extract of hot peppers was mixed with sweetened water until a point was reached where the hotness was no longer felt.

The ratio of sweetened water to the original amount of chili pepper extract divided by 100 is the Scoville unit of measurement still used today. There are now electronic devices that make a more precise calculation.

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