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Chillies (hot peppers)



How to prepare Fresh Chillies and how to cook Fresh Chillies

Chilli Recipes  |  Growing Chilli Peppers  |  What's In Season   |  More Vegetables -  Prep & Cooking times



Common Names: Chili Peppers,  Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Jalepeno, Tabasco, Aji, Cayenne, Serrano, Poblan, Naga
Family: Solanaceae
In Season: August - September   (best)
Buying: In general, the larger the chilli, the milder the flavour. Choose firm specimens which are well coloured with smooth, shiny skins.
Storing: Keep in a cool dark airy place in a paper bag for up to 5 days or refrigerate in the crisper drawer for up to 10 days. However bear in mind that chilling affects the flavour.

Jump to:   Scoville Scale - heat of chillies


General - Preparing Chillies

Rinse well in cold water. Cut off the stalk completely. As the skin is edible, there is no need to peel.  Cut in half lengthways and remove the seeds and as much of the white pith as possible. If stuffing larger varieties, you can just slice off the top (stalk end), remove the seeds and as much pith as possible and then use the top as a "lid" once the main body has been filled.


Optional Preparations/Cuts  (see Main Vegetable Preparation Page for  explanations and photos)


Baton Brunoise Chunk Cube Dice/chop Grate Julienne
x y x x y x x
Matchstick Mashed Paysanne Puréed Shred Slice Sulfrino
x x x x y y x


Cooking times and suitable methods for cooking Chillies




Whole = 25-35 minutes coat with oil and season



see individual recipes


y Slices/chopped  3 - 5 minutes 


y  see individual recipes


y see individual recipes


y Whole+35  minutes (see individual recipes)


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Scoville Scale (heat of chillies)

Scoville Rating

Type of Pepper

15,000,000 - 16,000,000

Pure capsaicin


Various capsaicinoids


Law Enforcement Grade pepper spray


Bhut Jolokia (Naga Jolokia)


Red Savina Habanero


Guntur Chilli, Habañero, Scotch Bonnet, African Birdseye


Bird's eye chilli, Thai Pepper, Indian Pepper,  Pequin


Cayenne Pepper, Ají pepper, Tabasco pepper


Serrano Pepper


Jalapeño , Guajillo pepper, Paprika


Anaheim pepper, Poblano Pepper, Rocotillo Pepper




Sweet Capsicum  (Bell pepper) - no heat


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