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Scoville Scale and Scoville heat units-What exactly it measures / represents ??

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Asked by Rose, 24 Sep '12 04:47 pm
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Scientific research and the Guinness Book of World Records has revealed to us which is the hottest pepper in the world. But how can measure something like hotness or spiciness? Isnt hotness subjective? To some degree, it is. But there is a definitive way to gauge the hotness of foods. Its called the Scoville scale, and it helps us quantify what we already know about some of the hottest peppers in the world: these little chilis are intense!

The Scoville scale is named for its creator, Wilbur Scoville, an American chemist. In 1912, he devised the Scoville Organoleptic Test while working for Park-Davis, a pharmaceutical test. His goal was to measure the piquancy (i.e. hotness) of chile peppers. This method directly measures the capsaicinoid content of the pepper.

Capsaicinoid is an organic compound produced by chili peppers. The main capsaicinoids, called capsaicin, is responsible for causing that burning sensation when it comes in contact with your taste buds (and other areas on yo ...more
Answered by Amit Aggarwal, 24 Sep '12 04:53 pm

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