Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

Heat in the Dead of Winter

Tonight I decided to count the number of pepper seedlings that are growing in our greenhouse. We have a lot more than I first thought. Here’s our pepper plant count so far, along with their Scoville Heat Units:

  • 4 Fat n Sassy – 0 Scovilles
  • 10 Sweet Bananas – 0 – 500 Scovilles
  • 11 Jalapenos – 2,500 – 8,000 Scovilles
  • 25 Cayennes – 30,000 – 50,000 Scovilles
  • 2 Habaneros – 100,000 – 350,000 Scovilles
  • 1 Chocolate Scorpion – 1.2 to 2 million Scovilles
  • 3 Carolina Reapers –  2.2 million Scovilles

Most have been up for a week or two, but the Carolina Reapers just emerged in the last day or so. That makes it about 2.5 weeks from the time we planted them to the time they sprouted. Sheesh.

The Scoville scale is a measurement of how hot chilli peppers are. It actually measures the amount of capsaicin in a pepper, which is the chemical that produces the sensation of heat in humans. Apparently, the Guinness Book of World Records named the Carolina Reaper the world’s hottest pepper in 2013, although some are now saying that Pepper X/Dragon’s Breath pepper is the hottest.

What are we going to do with all of these peppers? We’ll definitely make some hot sauce. Darin made some fabulous sauce last year with our peppers and we’d like to try that again. We will likely dedicate more of our raised beds to our beloved peppers as we have decided not to do the 3 sisters planting this year.

Stay cool, everyone! Or not.