For those wondering what kind of peppers are in your baskets. I actually grew a number of various hot and sweet peppers this year. Ranked from the hottest to the sweetest:
"Super Hot" Territory
Scotch Bonnets (325,000 Scoville units) are popular in the Caribbean, packing twice the heat of jalapeños or serranos. *none yet.
Habanero Chiles (100,000 to 350,000 Scoville units) have a fiery flavor that’s not for the timid. They are one of the most popular of the hot varieties, with fruity undertones of apple and tomato flavors. *none yet.
Hot Thai Dragon / Thai Chilies (50,000 to 150,000 Scoville units) pack an incredibly fiery punch for their small size and should be used sparingly. Only 3/4 inches long, they range in color from red to green when fully mature.
"Intense Hot but not Super Hot" Territory
Cayenne Long Slim / Cayenne Peppers (25,000 to 50,000 Scoville units) are extremely pungent, even when small. They grow to 6 inches long and come in green or red varieties, of which the red are hotter. Cayenne peppers are widely used in sauces and salsa, and are preserved by either drying or pickling.
Chili de árbols (“Tree Chili”) (15,000-30,000 Scoville units) are small, extremely potent peppers. They start out green then ripen to a bright red color. They may be used fresh or dried. (Appear very similar to Hot Thai, but are slightly longer).
“Medium Hot” Territory
Hungarian Hot Wax / Hot Banana (5,000-15,000 Scoville units) If allowed to ripen they mature fully, they will turn to a rich red color. Toss them uncooked into salads, pickle them, or add them to stews.
Jalapeno Raam / Jalapeños (2,500-5,000 Scoville Units) have a slightly smoky flavor that ranges from sweet to mild to hot. They grow to about three inches long, starting out green and ripening to a bright red color. When smoke-dried, jalapeños are known as chipotle peppers. These are the peppers used to make Sriracha sauce.
Jimmy Nardello: Long, thin, and a bright red color when mature. The peppers start out green and quickly change to a glossy red. They average between 6 and 9 inches, and are curved and are sometimes oddly twisted or bent. Jimmy Nardello peppers have a thin skin and the cavity isn’t overloaded with seeds. Known for their sweet and fruity flavor. When dried, the flavor becomes rich and somewhat smoky.
California Wonder typical, sweet bell pepper found in most groceries