You know you’re enjoying cayenne peppers when your eyes are watering, your nose is running and you break out in a sweat!

On the Scoville scale of heat units, cayenne peppers come in at 30-50,000! To put that in perspective, pepperoncini comes in at just 100-500 and jalapeno peppers score 2,500-8,000. So when it comes to hot, cayenne peppers push the limits of most palates. (Though there are many peppers that are even hotter!)[1]

Cayenne pepper—one of the