are bird eye chillies hot

The birds eye pepper is a small round pepper originating in Thailand and surrounding countries, though they are now popular all around the world.

The tiny Bird’s Eye Chili originated in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, and surrounding countries, but they can now be found all over the world. They are presumably called Bird’s Eye Chili because of their small round shape and because they have been spread by birds, which are not affected by the heat of the peppers.

The Chiltepin pepper in North America is also known by the same name, and for the same reasons, but it is a different pepper altogether.

The Bird’s Eye are generally red at maturity, but may also be yellow, purple or black. They are very popular in cuisine from the areas mentioned above, and with heat almost similar to a habanero, they add quite a punch to many types of dishes, including pastas, soups, sauces, dips, and more.

Historically the hot pepper has been used as a natural remedy for arthritis, rheumatism, flatulence and toothache, and they may be used as an insect repellent when mixed with water.

Bird’s Eye Chili at a Glance A variety of different colored Bird’s Eye peppers

The colors of bird’s eye chilies are vivid red, green, yellow, and orange, among others. These peppers can occasionally be found in black or purple varieties. They are typically two to three centimeters long and only half a centimeter wide. They are small and slender. They only weigh two or three grams. These peppers have smooth and glossy skin, and their bullet-like shape is apparent.

There is a similarity between the Serrano pepper and the Bird’s Eye. However, the Serrano is fatter and rounder. The Bird’s Eye is a thinner pepper. It’s interesting to note that the Serrano and Bird’s Eye taste similar. But any true chili head will know the difference. The Bird’s Eye is much hotter!.

The Bird’s Eye pepper’s vivid hues can even make them an inventive, eye-catching decoration. The amazing beauty of potted Bird’s Eye plants makes other indoor plants pale in comparison.

Cooking with Bird’s Eye Peppers

The cuisines of many nations surrounding Thailand, as well as Thai cuisine, heavily incorporate birds eye peppers. They truly pack a punch and have an excellent flavor. I’ve grown these pods in my garden a few times already, and each time the plants bear fruit. These peppers are perfect for making hot sauces, chili pastes, salsas, or for dehydrating and grinding into chili flakes or powders due to their abundance, moderate heat, and bright color. They work well as stir-fries or as an ingredient in soups and salads.

How Hot is a Bird’s Eye Chili?

The Scoville Heat Unit range for birds-eye chilies is 50,000–100,000 on the Scoville Scale. When compared to an average jalapeño pepper, which has 5,000 SHU, the birds eye pepper has 10–20 times the heat. Thats quite a lot of heat!.


Are birdseye chillies very hot?

Bird’s Eye chili measures between 50,000 and 100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). To put that in perspective with other peppers, the hottest Bird’s Eye has about the same heat level of heat as the mildest habanero. But that’s also twenty to forty times hotter than most jalapenos.

How spicy is birds eye chilli?

Birds Eye Chillies generally have a rating of 100,000 to 225,000 on the Scoville Heat Scale for Chilli Peppers. To put this into context the hottest chilli is at 15,000,000 and a Jalapeño would be 2,500. This chilli packs a punch that finely balanced by its fragrant flavour. -Use in Caribbean curries and stews.

Which is hotter habanero or bird’s eye?

Habanero pepper: 100,000–350,000 Scoville heat units. Bird’s eye chili: 50,000–100,000 Scoville heat units.

What is a bird’s eye chili equivalent to?

5 Scotch Bonnets (also known as Bonney pepper) It is similar in heat to habanero pepper and has a sweet and slightly fruity flavor. Scotch bonnet pepper is a good substitute for bird’s eye chili. Especially in dishes that require a high level of heat with a fruity edge.