Chile Pepper Heat Index

Hot, of course, is how we think of many chiles, less often as seasonal fruits that have distinctive, fresh, even subtle flavors.

Chile Pepper Heat

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Chile Pepper Heat

Think all chile peppers pack the heat? Think again. Sure, spicy habaneros are off the charts, but you might be surprised to learn that some varieties claim a quite polar flavor DNA. Whether you are serving crudités or making a spicy salsa, here you will find the right amount of heat (or lack thereof) to give your latest culinary creation just the kick it needs.

Mild/Sweet Chile Peppers

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Mild/Sweet

Serve fresh or blistered in salads or solo. Other varieties: gypsy, cherry, Padrón.

Medium Chile Peppers

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Medium

Use to make salsa and pickled or stuffed peppers. Other varieties: hatch (also called New Mexico chile), Hungarian wax.

Hot Chile Peppers

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Hot

Use these hot chile peppers to make spicy salsa, curries, sauces, soups, or noodles. Other varieties: yellow chile, cayenne.

Off the Charts Chile Peppers

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Off the Charts!

Other scorchers: Scotch bonnet, Bhut Jolokia (ghost chiles).

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