This former king of the pepper world comes the Yucatan Peninsula. Measuring in at 500,000 SHU this chili pepper comes in many colors and varieties. This may not be the spiciest peppers grown, but it is the hottest pepper that is commercially grown. The habaneros fruity, citrus heat makes it a popular ingredient in many hot sauces.
The Jalapeno or Chipotle is the best known pepper in the United States. This versatile ingredient can be prepared many different ways and be found in a multitude of different dishes. The Jalapeno is named after Jalapa, the capital of Veracruz, Mexico, where it originated. The skin of the Jalapeno has a similar flavor to that of the Bell Pepper and the heat is found in the seeds. It measures between 2,500- 10,000 SHU.
This thick skinned, green pepper is a milder variety of the chili pepper. Named after its origin in central Mexico, the Poblano is a common ingredient in many Mexican and Southwestern dishes. The Ancho Chili or Poblano pepper registers between 1,000- 2,000 SHU on the Scoville scale.
While this variety comes in a 0 on the Scoville scale is packed full of nutrients. While it doesn’t contain any capsaicin or spice, it is a good source of carotenoids and over 30 other essential nutrients. This fruit originated in Mexico and was named by Christopher Columbus. The Bell pepper is the one of the easiest peppers to grow and is found in many gardens throughout the United States.