The Scoville scale is the measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chilli peppers or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU) a function of capsaicin concentration. The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville.

In 1912 he developed a method for measuring the strength of capsicum in a given pepper, which originally meant tasting a diluted version of a pepper and giving it a value. Nowadays it can be done more accurately with the help of computers to rate the peppers in Scoville units, which indicate parts per million of capsaicin.

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