The Chemistry of Chilli Peppers
This page is about chilli peppers, the fruit of the Capsicum family of plants. It is these fruit which provide the 'heat' to food from across the world. Enjoy the Heat.


The chemical origin of heat in chillies. This page examines the chemicals responsible for the heat of chillies, and gives molecular models of some of the more common.

The Scoville Scale

The standard way of measuring the heat within a pepper.

Is it CHILE or CHILI ?