First, some science: The heat in chile peppers is caused by chemical compounds called capsaicinoids, of which more than 22 are known. The major ones, capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin, generally are present in the highest concentrations, according to Chile Pepper Institute researchers at New Mexico State University.
As for gauging the heat of a chile pepper, the most common method is the Scoville Organoleptic Test. As defined by university researchers, it is a “systematic approach that was the first laboratory test used to measure heat in chile peppers. In the test, human subjects taste a series of prepared chile samples to determine the heat level. The samples are diluted in the laboratory until heat can no longer be detected by the tasters. A single unit of dilution is called a Scoville Heat Unit.”
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