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What are some very hot types of peppers?

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Some very hot types of peppers include, in descending order of heat: the ghost pepper; several kinds of Habanero chilis including the chocolate, orange and red savina; the Jamaican Hot; the Scotch bonnet; and the bird's eye. Other very hot peppers are the Thai, Tepin, Bohemian, Haimen and Yatsufusa peppers.

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These peppers have rankings of 100,000 to 2,100,000 Scoville heat units, which were devised in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville. These units are actually a measure of how much capsaicin the pepper has, as capsaicin is the chemical that makes a pepper hot. These levels are also measured through a test called High Performance Liquid Chromotography.

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