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Why is a Super Hot a Super Hot?

The heat of a pepper is generally measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU).  But what makes a super hot pepper rank so much higher on the SHU scale than other peppers?  Researchers at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) believe they have come up with a major contributing factor.  While examining peppers under a microscope, it was learned that while hot pepper produce capsaicinoids in the material surrounding the seeds.  Super hot peppers produce their capsaicinoids there as well as along the interior surface of the peppers.

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