Could you take the heat?
From bell peppers to the habanero, local celebrities test their taste buds in the Celebrity Pepper Gauntlet.
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers—or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU), a function of capsaicin concentration. Capsaicin is one of many related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test