If you can't take the heat, make sure you water the chillies

Jackie French
January 7 2024 - 5:00am

There's a myth that chillies are as savage as a dragon's breath. On the contrary, some are as mild as a labradoodle. These are "sweet peppers", like capsicum, which receive a big fat O on the Scoville scale, the old-fashioned test invented by Wilbur Scoville in 1912 - he monitored how soon it took the juice of the chilli to be detected in sugar syrup by a panel of dedicated testers, many of whom possibly were unable to taste anything for some days afterwards.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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