Jul 262012

Just how hot are Jalapeno peppers? Well, we can answer that question thanks to a a Mr. Wilbur Scoville was a chemist working for a pharmaceutical company. In 1912, he devised what is now known as the “Scoville Organoleptic Test” to measure the differing heat levels of Chile peppers.

His methodology was to create a mixture by grinding the pepper in question with sugar-water and asking a testing panel to try the solution and assigned a number to the mix. Then, the solution was progressively diluted until it no longer tasted hot.

The heat of chile peppers are measured in multiples of 100 units. At one end of the scale, at -0- is the sweet bell pepper and at the other end is the Naga Jolokia pepper measuring over 1,000,000 “Scoville units”. So where does the Jalapeno pepper fall on the scale?

In fact, the Jalapeno scores towards the lower end of the scale measuring in at between 2,500 and 9,000 Scoville units depending on the particular Jalapeno source. This is just above the Chipotle pepper which has a high end of just 8,000 and much less than the Tabasco chili which has a measurement of between 30,000 and 50,000.

Even so, adding a Jalapeno pepper to this smoothie is going to make it much more spicy the most other recipes so, if you’re not used to spicy foods, use with caution!

In your blender mix:

  • 1 Red Jalapeno Pepper
  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup cold filtered water
  • handful (4-6) mint leaves

Red Jalapeno Pepper Smoothie

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