Chilies image


Living in such an international city, there is an abundance of herbs, spices and chilis available here. In European cuisine, chilies are used very rarely. But a good fresh chili pepper can give so much depth of flavor to a dish!

If you are not yet used to spicy food, it would be a good idea to start off slowly experimenting with chilies in your recipes. It is not just the amount of chili you use, but also - and most importantly - the kind of chili.

Your friend here will be the Scoville scale; a clever way to express how "hot" a chili is. 

The scale runs from 0 to about 3,000,000.

Here are a few examples of peppers and their rough score on the Scoville scale.

  • Poblano: 2,000
  • Jalapeño: 5,000
  • Aleppo: 15,000
  • Cayenne: 30,000
  • Scotch Bonnet, also known as Madame Jeanette: 150,000

The Carolina Reaper is now the hottest pepper with over 1,500,000 Scoville Heat Units.