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Tabasco Pepper Scoville Units

tabasco pepper shu

Scoville Rating
30,000 - 50,000 SHU

The Tabasco Pepper is a variety of hot chili pepper. This particular pepper was named after a city in Mexico. Tabasco peppers are a medium sized variety, measuring around two inches in length, at maturation. They are oblong shaped and bright red in color. At harvesting time, the peppers will be rather wrinkled and slightly thin skinned. This variety is the only chili pepper that is juicy on the inside and not dry. These peppers are most commonly used in Tabasco sauce and peppered vinegar.

In the past, peppers, for the manufacturing of Tabasco sauce, were cultivated and harvested in Louisiana on Avery Island. Today, the largest part of these is grown in South and Central America. Avery Island grows all of the Tabasco seeds and a small amount of peppers. South and Central America have a better climate and more acreage to cultivate the maximum amount of peppers. Peppers can also be grown year round. Tabasco peppers grow upright on the plant and do not hang down, like most other pepper pods.

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