Unlocked Pepper Genome Paves the Way for Even Hotter Peppers

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While less newsworthy than say, cracking the human genome, the genome of the pepper plant has been cracked and scientists have been able to sort out what specific genes are responsible for a pepper plant’s spiciness. By discovering it, this paves the way for pepper growers everywhere to engineer even hotter hot peppers.

The Science Behind the Scoville Chart

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To chiliheads, the Scoville heat units (SHUs) that measure the heat intensity of peppers are considered badges of honor. Pepper growers are constantly developing new varieties of peppers that ratchet up the heat to a level where they could almost be considered deadly weapons. There are also the heat seekers who are willing to push the boundaries of human endurance by … Read More

The Hottest Peppers Known to Man

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Spicy food isn’t for everyone. What makes food spicy is either the spices used or the peppers that are used. There are mild peppers such as green peppers and red peppers. There are also hotter peppers such as jalapeno peppers. But, what are the hottest peppers that few people can withstand?

Heirloom to Hybrid: Choosing the Right Pepper Seed for Your Garden

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Ah, spring! Every gardener’s favorite season: the smell of freshly turned soil, tiny green seedlings thrusting ever upwards, and nary a weed in sight (yet!). What better way to spend the last few dreary weeks of winter than by poring over seed catalogs with their luscious photos and enticing descriptions of that elusive perfect pepper.