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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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Hello Super Hot Chilli World!

Hello Super Hot Chilli World

Welcome to blog – we love a super hot chilli!. This is our first post for 2016. Please share your thoughts and  experiences of growing and eating super hot chillies with us here ! We will be sowing all our 2016 super hot chilli seeds this week and we are looking forward to a cracking chilli growing season. We have lots of new varieties for this season as well as a new poly tunnel. Remember to have a look at our online shop where you can but lots of fresh super hot chillies, tried chillies as well as naga chutney.



Until next time – Happy Chilli Growing!

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