Know Your Scovilles!

Get ready for Chilli Fest 2021 at Northies and get to know Scoville Heat Units: Aka – Measure of Chilli-Burn!

Hey Hot Stuff, you look a little chilli…let’s heat things up a bit! We are gearing up to kick of chilli fest with a chilli chilli bang bang! We figured it best however, to give you a little insight in to the Scoville ratings of these spicy little suckers to get you well-versed in the chilli lingo well in advanced.

Chilli Death Wings at Northies
Turbo Angry Hot Wings

So what is a Scoville rating you ask?

Well, cheers to our mate and scale name-sake, Wilbur Scoville, we now have a rating of how much ‘hot’ is in one chilli. Legend.

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spiciness/heat of pepper) 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 pungent compounds found in chili peppers, collectively called capsaicinoids. A liner correlation exists between capsaicinoids and Scoville Heat Units. Translation: the more capsaicinoids = the more Scoville Heat Untis = the hotter the Chilli.

So where do your favourites rank?

A Bell Pepper= 1-10 SHU

A Jalapeno= 10, 000 SHU

A Habenero= 100, 000 – 350 000 SHU

A Carolina Reaper= 800 000 – 3 200 000 SHU (daaaaaaamn that’s a lot of units!)

So you think you can handle a Habenero? A Carolina Reaper? One of the Sauces from the Northies Death Wagon?

Death Wagon at Northies

The Northies Death Wagon. 3o of the Worlds Hottest Chilli Sauces ready to add to your meal this chilli fest…if you dare.

Put on your chilli – boots and get down to Northies every Sunday in August (Chilli Fest Month) to try your hand in our Chilli Eating Competition.

There are loads of prizes to be won (even just a prize for giving it a


 red-hot go!) so really, there is nothing but your dignity to loose!

Chilli Fest Spread at Northies


Click here to view all the latest chilli fest detail & register your interest in this hot hot hot quest for Sydneyest gamest Chilli fiend.