Ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia)
The ghost pepper was the first chilli in the world to receive a 1 million Scoville rating, and is perhaps one of the highest SHU-rated chillies that you should think long and hard about before adding to your recipes. Just a sliver of this pepper is all you need to create an extremely hot dish.
Super chillies vs what’s in the kitchen
While ratings of “1 million SHU” and “2.48 million SHU” may sound impressive, how hot are these chillies/peppers, really? How do these compare to what’s already in our kitchens?
Here are the SHU ratings of “regular” chillies and peppers for comparison:
- Bell pepper: 0 – 100 SHU
- Paprika: 100 – 900 SHU
- Jalapeno: 1,000 – 10,000 SHU
- Cayenne pepper: 10,000 – 100,000 SHU
And what about the famous Tabasco hot sauce that spice lovers crave? That’s only around 2,500 – 5,000 SHU, making it incredibly tame compared to the fiery selection above.