Exactly how hot is a Bhut Jolokia chile pepper? What is the flavor profile of a jalapeno? What are the uses of Hungarian paprika? The answers to these questions, and more, can be found on the newest invention from New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute, a chile flavor wheel.
The wheel is similar to flavor and aroma wheels designed for wine, only for chile peppers instead. The chile wheel covers 14 of the most popular types, including New Mexican, habanero, cayenne, bell pepper, and even the fiery Bhut Jolokia. It describes each species, the various cultivars, the pod types, the heat profiles, and the peppers uses in food. The project is a partnership between the Chile Pepper Institute and the NMSU Alumni Association.