Measuring chilli heat with the Scoville scale
Find out how a moustachioed pharmacist gave his name to the Scoville scale – a way to measure the pungency or spicy heat of chilli peppers.
How hot is your chilli?
Explore the Scoville Scale, a century-old system for rating chilli heat.Play video
Like tomatoes, potatoes and tobacco, chillies are members of the nightshade family and come in many shapes, colours and sizes – this page shows just a selection.
Come and see a wide varity of chillies growing in the Eden Project's Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes.