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— Sue & Quinn

In 1912 Dr. Quinn "The Medicine Man" Scoville, a chemist working for the Park Davis pharmaceutical company, developed a method to measure the heat level of a chile pepper. He took pride in the family name and called this method the "Scoville Organoleptic Test".

In the procedure, Quinn blended pure ground chiles with a sugar-water solution and a panel of five testers then sipped the mix, in increasingly diluted concentrations, until they reached the point at which flames no longer shot from their nose. A number was then assigned to each chile based on how much it needed to be diluted before you could detect no heat. One part chile "heat" per 1,000,000 drops of water rates as 1.5 Scoville Units.

The pungency of chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units, from the Bell pepper at zero Scoville units to the Habaņero at 300,000 Scoville units (the"Red Savina" Habaņero has been rated at 350,000 Scoville units and it totted by the Guinness Book of Records as "the hottest chile pepper" in the world)! Capsaicin (the substance found in chiles that gives them their heat), in a pure concentration, rates at over 15,000,000 Scoville Units! (check out Pure Cap for the closest thing there is to this)

Quinn's passion for a good, hot, pepper sauce keep him in the kitchen creating his own recipes. As he entertained his many guests, he shared with them his salsa queso & various other "heated" creations.

One particular dinner guest, Sue Juan, was so impressed, she took Quinns Habaņero-based recipes and began selling them on the Internet. Created from the traditions of the old Southwest, ORIGINAL JUAN will sizzle the souls of every Chilehead and tantalize the tastebuds of the meek and mild. ::: www.originaljuan.com :::

Beating the Heat —
Drink some milk or eat ice cream (yogurt works too). These dairy products break down the Capsaicin oils, which are not soluble in water. Some say that bread cures the burn too. Drinking beer or water will only make things worse. Or you could just take it like a man, ya' wussy!

The characters and events depicted in this biography are fictional. The characters bear no resemblance to any person living or dead.

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