International Hot and Spicy day for 2024 is January 16 this year.
Here at the Rogues’ Oasis we recommend hot peppers with every meal. There are so many varieties to choose from and you can get them fresh or dries in many places now. The Rogues’ Oasis will soon be offering dried peppers of different varieties in our store.
Choices will include but not limited to”
Anaheim Chili – mild
Habanada – mild with all the flavor or Habanaro but no heat.
The image below is the Scoville Scale for many peppers available now.
Let’s let Grok tell us a bit about Cayenne peppers and the Scoville scale.
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spiciness or “heat”) of chili peppers and other spicy foods, as recorded in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville, who devised the Scoville Organoleptic Test in 1912.
In the test, an alcohol extract of capsaicin oil from a dried pepper is mixed with a sugar-water solution until a panel of taste-testers can no longer detect the heat. The pepper is then assigned a Scoville rating based on the number of dilutions needed. For example, if a pepper has a Scoville rating of 50,000, that means its capsaicin oil had to be diluted 50,000 times before the heat was no longer detectable.
The Scoville scale has been updated over time, with new, hotter peppers being discovered and cultivated. As of my knowledge cut off in 2023, the hottest pepper on record was Pepper X, created by Ed Currie, with a Scoville rating of 2.69 million SHU.
Today, the Scoville scale remains an essential tool for spice enthusiasts and food manufacturers alike, helping to categorize and understand the heat levels of various peppers and spicy foods.
The history of cayenne peppers is quite a spicy tale! These fiery little fruits have been spicing up our lives for thousands of years. Let’s take a quick trip through time to see how these peppers have left their mark on the world.
In the beginning, around 7,000 BCE, cayenne peppers were first cultivated in Central and South America. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans were among the first to use these peppers, not only for their culinary properties but also for their medicinal benefits.
Fast-forward to 1492 when Christopher Columbus set sail in search of peppercorns. He didn’t find any, but he did find cayenne peppers! Columbus brought these peppers back to Europe, where they were initially met with resistance by royal physicians and scientists. However, their journey around the globe gained momentum, captivating the taste buds of billions and sparking the interest of chili enthusiasts everywhere.
In the 1500s, cayenne pepper was one of the most prized spices around the world. It was named after the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, and it quickly became a symbol of wealth and status.
As the years went by, cayenne peppers spread to other parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Today, they are an integral part of many cuisines, from Indian curries to Mexican salsas and even Hungarian goulash.
In conclusion, cayenne peppers have a rich history that spans thousands of years and multiple continents. They have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, and they continue to spice up our lives to this day. So the next time you’re enjoying a spicy dish, remember the journey that cayenne peppers have taken to get to your plate!