top of page

Hot or Not: Understanding the Different Heat Levels of Pepper Varieties

Peppers are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in a home garden. From mild and sweet to fiery and hot, peppers come in a wide range of heat levels, which can be confusing for gardeners who want to grow them. In this article, we'll explore the different heat levels of pepper varieties and provide tips for choosing the right ones for your garden.

Sweet Peppers

Sweet peppers are the mildest of all pepper varieties, with no heat at all. They come in a range of colors, including red, yellow, orange, and green, and are perfect for salads, stir-fries, and roasting. Some popular sweet pepper varieties include bell peppers, banana peppers, and Italian frying peppers.

Mild Peppers

Mild peppers are slightly hotter than sweet peppers, but still have a relatively low heat level. They add a little bit of heat and flavor to dishes, without overpowering them. Some popular mild pepper varieties include poblano peppers, Anaheim peppers, and shishito peppers.

Medium-Hot Peppers

Medium-hot peppers have a moderate heat level that ranges from 2,500 to 30,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). They add a nice kick of heat to dishes and are perfect for salsa, sauces, and marinades. Some popular medium-hot pepper varieties include jalapeño peppers, serrano peppers, and Hungarian wax peppers.

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers are much hotter than medium-hot peppers, with a heat level that ranges from 30,000 to 1,000,000 SHU. They can add intense heat and flavor to dishes, and should be used sparingly. Some popular hot pepper varieties include habanero peppers, Thai chili peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers.

Super-Hot Peppers

Super-hot peppers are the hottest of all pepper varieties, with a heat level that ranges from 1,000,000 to 2,200,000 SHU. They are extremely spicy and should be handled with caution. Some popular super-hot pepper varieties include Carolina Reaper peppers, Trinidad Scorpion peppers, and Ghost peppers.

When choosing pepper varieties for your garden, consider the heat level that you prefer, as well as the dishes that you plan to make. If you're new to growing peppers, start with milder varieties and work your way up to hotter ones. Also, keep in mind that the heat level of peppers can vary depending on growing conditions, so it's a good idea to taste a small piece before adding it to your dish.

In conclusion, understanding the different heat levels of pepper varieties can help you choose the right ones for your garden and for your culinary needs. From sweet and mild to super-hot, there's a pepper variety out there for everyone.


Cliffside Bunny Flowers logo

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

Big Plants. Better Blooms. 

Stay in the loop! Sign up to recieve updates on our latest flower announcements. Don't miss out!

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page