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The Scoville Heat Unit explained

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The Scoville Heat Unit in detail

So how hot is a  Super Hot Chilli then and how is the heat measured I hear you ask?
Enter the wonderful world of the Scoville Heat Unit also known as SHU.  When you see a Dorset Naga being measured at over 1,000,000 SHU you now know its Scoville Heat Unit rating but how is that actually measured and how accurate is it?

Naga Chillies - Scoville Heat Unit
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A little history

In 1912 a pharmacist called Wilbur Scoville created a system whereby the amount of capsaicin level was measured and although there can be significant variation between chilli pods the scale serves to be indicative of the heat in a particular variety. He was looking to create a heat-producing ointment. What Scoville’s idea was, was to dilute an alcohol based extract made with the subject of the heat test until it no longer tasted  hot. Continue reading The Scoville Heat Unit explained

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New Chilli Varieties Sown

For the last few years we have been growing the famous Dorset Naga, Bengle Naga, Dorset Zinger, Bhut Jolokia and Fire chillies. This year we have decided to trial new chilli varieties  with a view to scaling up production next year. To allow this we have had to get some land and acquire a new poly tunnel to house our growing family of chillies.

New chilli varieties sown for  are:

  1. 7 Pod Brainstrain Red -awesome name!
  2. Guntur Sannam
  3. Katie
  4. Kashmiri Mirch
  5. Burmese Naga
  6. Moruga Scorpion – (on a side note, I love the way my predictive software tries to change Moruga to morgue – the Morgue Scorpion 🙂 )
  7. Fatalii Jigsaw ( predictive text now wants to rename Fatalii to fatal 🙂 – The Fatal Jigsaw Super Hot Chilli!)
  8. Defcon 7 (and predictably Defcon is a Deacon Chilli .. )
  9. 7 Pot Chaguanas

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