Some like it hot. And some don't. And whichever camp you fall into, you may have heard of a little thing called the Scoville Heat Scale. Almost every pepper has a massive number attached to it, and the higher the number, the spicier the bite — the spiciest among them boast something like 2.4 million Scoville heat units (SHU). But what does that number even mean? Let's find out.
A Lot of Heat, A Little Sweet
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Sciencing Up the Spiciness Scale
Written by Reuben Westmaas November 27, 2017
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