Pepper stand at market in Texas, with Scoville scale – By WhisperToMe via Wikimedia Commons
A home chef has to be careful about what type of pepper he/she plucks from the supermarket or grocer’s shelf. Not all peppers are created equal. In fact, some peppers are actually sizzling hot, just like Marilyn Monroe. Below is the Scoville scale, which measures the pungency of chili peppers or other spicy foods. This image was taken from http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/2131580/stumbled-across-this
There you have it. Choose your hot peppers wisely. Of course, the problem with hot peppers is that often times it’s hard to know which is which. If they are not labeled, it is better to ask around than to choose one at random and suffer the consequences.