When searching cayenne pepper on MySpicer, you will find three different types of cayenne pepper heat ratings:

Cayenne Pepper 15Kcayenne pepper heat rating

Cayenne Pepper 40K

Cayenne Pepper 90K

There are many different heat classifications of cayenne pepper and these are just a few.  What they have in common is that all cayenne pepper is hot. The different designations represent just how much heat each specific cayenne pepper offering contains.

How do we determine the cayenne pepper heat rating?

The cayenne pepper heat rating is determined by using the Scoville Rating Scale. This rating scale is named after its creator, American chemist, Wilbur Scoville. The scale is a measurement of the spicy heat created by chili peppers and is reported in Scoville heat units (SHU), a function of the capsaicin concentration.

So for example, our Cayenne Pepper 15K, means that this spice is considered to contain approximately 15,000 SHUs. The higher the SHU the hotter the pepper.  As a general rule, our 15K pepper is considered to rate as mild to medium. Our 40K cayenne is rated as medium to medium-hot. Our cayenne pepper 90K is super hot!

Remember, no matter which heat rating you choose, our spices are always pungent and fresh. A little goes a long way!