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Heinz In The News: March 2014

Top 10 facts about chillies

NOT ONLY has Heinz just launched a new range of four different chilli sauces but today is the anniversary of the death on March 10, 1942 of Wilbur Scoville, the man who devised the Scoville scale of chilli hotness.

By: William Hartson
Published: Mon, March 10, 2014 

1. Chillies were being eaten in Central and South America as long ago as 7,000BC, which gives them claims to be the world’s oldest condiment.
2. The small, round Chiltepin chilli pepper was used as a tax payment, paid to Aztec emperors.
3. Chilli strength is measured in SHUs (Scoville Heat Units).
4. Scoville ratings range from zero for bell peppers to 16 million Scoville units for pure capsaicin (the chemical giving a chilli its heat).
5. The world record for eating pickled jalapeno chillis is 275 in eight minutes. 
6. The hottest part of a chilli is where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper.
7. The village of Hatch in New Mexico describes itself as the chilli capital of the world.
8. Chillies originated in the Americas. They were brought to Spain in 1493 by Diego Alvarez Chanca, a physician who sailed with Columbus.
9. In February 2012, a Moruga Scorpion chilli was the first to measure over 2,000,000 Scoville units.
10. The measure equals the degree of dilution needed before you can no longer taste the heat.

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By: Ellie Levenson
Published: 09.03.14
Publication: The Independent

When you need a tasty but lighter meal in a hurry, a bowl of soup is just the thing. And while we’re big fans of making our own, there are a huge variety of innovative and interesting flavour combos out there. 

From a new twist on an old favourite like Heinz Cream of Tomato with a Kick of Chilli to combinations we didn’t realise were missing from our lives, like Glorious! West African Chicken and Peanut, we’ve scoured the shelves for the tastiest.

Last year, Heinz introduced its Black Label Soup range, which takes classic soup recipes and adds a twist. So the cream-of-chicken soup has added Thai spice and cream-of-mushroom has extra wild porcini, but best of all is the cream-of-tomato soup with a kick of chilli. What took Heinz so long?

Buy now

1. Tideford Smoked Haddock Chowder with Organic Leeks & Peas, £3.49

2. New Covent Garden Soup Skinny Goan Chicken and Lentils, £2.20

3. Patchwork Pate Cawl Nain Soup, £2.25

4. Baxters Favourites Scotch Broth, £1.04

5. Yorkshire Provender Chicken and Butternut Soup with Lentil and Cumin, £2.49

6. Crosse & Blackwell Best of British Winter Vegetable Soup, £1.29

7. Glorious! West African Chicken and Peanut, £2.20

8. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chantenay Carrot & Honey Roast Parsnip Soup, £1.50

9. Heinz Cream of Tomato with a Kick of Chilli, £1.19

10. Tesco Finest Chestnut Mushroom & Madeira Soup, £2.35