Wondering where that chili pepper heat comes from? Look no further: capsaicin. It’s the little compound that could when it comes to heat. It’s the active force behind the pungency of chili peppers, the driver behind the Scoville scale’s heat
There are some mighty big numbers on the Scoville scale. It ranges from a goose egg zero all the way into the millions. Each of those numbers is what’s known as a Scoville heat unit, but what does that mean?