today i learned – sun 28th jan 2018

like many of the world’s internet dwelling modern humans, i spend a lot of my time watching things on youtube πŸ“Ί

recently, i’ve watched a lot of food/chilli 🌢 based videos … that’s what led to today’s fact πŸ‘πŸ» #backstory

#tdil how they figure out the scoville units of the world’s chillis 🀯

for those of y’all that don’t know, scoville units are used as the measurement of how spicy a chilli is 🌢. using those units peeps can gauge how badly their face is going to melt when eating a chilli … it also allows for a scale of chilli heat 😏

scoville units are often shown as ‘shu’ or ‘scoville heat units’ 😊

for reference … jalapeΓ±os are around 3,500-8,000 shu and habaneros around 100,000-350,000 shu. jumping way up the scale, the world’s hottest chilli – the carolina reaper – is 2.2million shu! (see below 😏)

anyway! to the point of this post πŸ™ˆ how do they decide of the shu of a chilli? πŸ€” well, it turns out that scientists are able to separate the capsaicinoids from the peppers and then test that for heat.

capsaicinoids are the chemical compounds that make chillis super hot πŸ”₯. once separated from the pepper, scientists use something called ‘high pressure liquid chromatography’ to figure out the concentration of the capsaicinoids πŸ‘πŸ»

it’s probably worth you knowing that the origins of the scoville scale actually find their place in 1912 with a dude named ‘wilbur scoville’. he invented the scoville scale whilst hunting for a heat-producing ointment.

wilbur’s methods weren’t quite as scientific as the current ones. his method was to dilute a solution made with a particular pepper until it was no longer hot to a group of testers. the amount of solution required translated to the pepper’s place on the scoville scale πŸ‘πŸ» #simple.

yaaaaaay, chilli fact times 😏 … bit different but hopefully you’ve enjoyed that one πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ now, go forth and eat hot stuff 😜

peace out ✌🏻 #tdil


feel like you enjoyed that and want to learn more? simply go forth and click ->here<-

(righty then, picture time πŸ’ͺ🏻 first picture is ->here<-, second picture is ->here<- and the header is ->here<-)

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