Quiz about Hot Peppers
Quiz about Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers! Trivia Quiz


I am a pepper fanatic! I love all kinds of hot and mild peppers. Answer the questions in this quiz to see if you are a pepper fan like me. In this quiz I use both the terms "peppers" and "chilis" interchangeably.

A multiple-choice quiz by ElvishLord. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
ElvishLord
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
380,904
Updated
Jan 22 23
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
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1. This mildly spicy, dark green chili is stuffed with cheese and meats, battered, then deep fried to create chiles rellenos. Hint

Bell pepper
Poblano
Guernica/Padron
Jalapeno

2. The Scotch bonnet is the hottest pepper in the world.

True
False

3. This next chili is arguably the most popular hot pepper in North America. This little green guy is used in salsa, on burgers, and stuffed with cheese in restaurants and called "________ poppers." Which hot pepper is it? Hint

Jalapeno
Anaheim
Serrano
Banana

4. If you've ever eaten hot pepper flakes, or ground hot red pepper, chances are you have eaten a ___________________ pepper. Hint

Pequin
Cubanelle
Cayenne
Habanero

5. The Carolina Reaper is one of the ultra-hot peppers with a Scoville rating above a million.

True
False

6. What exactly is a chipotle pepper? Hint

Smoked, dried red pepper
Smoked, dried habanero pepper
Smoked, dried jalapeno pepper
Smoked, dried poblano pepper

7. What is an ancho pepper? Hint

Dried poblano pepper
Dried Anaheim pepper
Dried habanero pepper
Dried serrano pepper

8. Which of the following chilis are used primarily in East and Southeast Asian cuisine? Hint

Lemon drop pepper
Tiger paw habanero
Tianjin pepper
Chile piquin

9. Most naturally hot chilis are indigenous to Central and South America.

True
False

10. The Mexican hot sauce brand Cholula uses which hot pepper as its main ingredient? Hint

Tabasco
Jalapeņos
Piquin
Habaneros


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This mildly spicy, dark green chili is stuffed with cheese and meats, battered, then deep fried to create chiles rellenos.

Answer: Poblano

Try roasting poblano chilis on the grill until they are charred black, peel the burned skin under in cool water and use in fajitas or tacos. You can also eat a more healthy version of chiles rellenos by blanching the poblano, stuffing it with a filling, then baking it for 30 minutes on 375 F.

This is a much healthier alternative to deep frying. On the Scoville Heat Scale (a scale that measures how hot peppers are), the Poblano rates in the 1,000-1,500 range.
2. The Scotch bonnet is the hottest pepper in the world.

Answer: False

The Scotch bonnet rates between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale. The hottest peppers in the world rate above one million on the scale, so as hot as a Scotch bonnet is, it is not the hottest. Scotch bonnets are native to the Caribbean and West African regions and are used in Jerk seasonings, fresh salsas and spice rubs.
3. This next chili is arguably the most popular hot pepper in North America. This little green guy is used in salsa, on burgers, and stuffed with cheese in restaurants and called "________ poppers." Which hot pepper is it?

Answer: Jalapeno

The jalapeņo is the go-to spicy pepper in the United States and Mexico. It is difficult to find a restaurant these days that does not have jalapeņos available for customers to spice up their dishes. I enjoy grilling mine before slicing them and placing on a hamburger.

As hot as they are, they only rate about an average of 3,500 on the Scoville scale. I have seen the number as high as 20,000, but most aren't nearly that hot.
4. If you've ever eaten hot pepper flakes, or ground hot red pepper, chances are you have eaten a ___________________ pepper.

Answer: Cayenne

Dried, crushed Cayenne peppers were named after the region where they were discovered, Cayenne, French Guiana (South America). These versatile chilis are dried and used whole in Asian cooking, especially Chinese and Korean. They are dried and crushed to make up the defining ingredient for fra diavolo sauces and on pizza in Italian cuisine, and they are dried and ground into powder and labeled as ground red pepper or Cayenne pepper.

The Cayenne pepper rates a 30,000-50,000 on the Scoville scale.
5. The Carolina Reaper is one of the ultra-hot peppers with a Scoville rating above a million.

Answer: True

The "strength" of a spicy pepper varies a great deal. There is evidence that suggests peppers grown in hot, tropical weather with nutrient-rich soil, are hotter than the exact same variety grown in a more temperate, or cooler climate. There are currently about ten peppers that rate over one million Scoville units and out of those, there is one that was rated the hottest in 2016: the Carolina Reaper.

The Reaper is a hybrid chili created by Ed Currie and grown in South Carolina, hence the name. Mr. Currie reports that the pepper is a hybrid of a ghost pepper and a red habanero. I have never had a Carolina Reaper, but I have had a ghost pepper and for about 30 minutes I was in pain!
6. What exactly is a chipotle pepper?

Answer: Smoked, dried jalapeno pepper

"Chipotle" is an Aztec word for smoked chili. Jalapeņos that are picked for the chipotle market are not the green variety, but the sweeter, ripened, and more flavorful red jalapeņo. Popular in Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking, most stores now carry either dried chipotles, or chipotles in a can in a red sauce.
7. What is an ancho pepper?

Answer: Dried poblano pepper

The ancho is a vine-ripened, red version of a poblano pepper. It is dried and used in Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes that require a more mild pepper than a chipotle. The word "Poblano" refers to the region of Puebla in central Mexico. "Ancho" translates to "wide" in English.
8. Which of the following chilis are used primarily in East and Southeast Asian cuisine?

Answer: Tianjin pepper

The Tianjin or "Tien Tsin" pepper rates at 50,000 to 75,000 Scoville units and is the main hot pepper that you will find in most authentic Chinese Szechuan dishes. They are usually used in their dried form and tossed in whole into the dish with the other ingredients. As they heat up, they impart spicy flavor to whatever dish they are found in.
9. Most naturally hot chilis are indigenous to Central and South America.

Answer: True

The Spanish and the Portuguese are responsible for the spread of hot peppers to Asia and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.
10. The Mexican hot sauce brand Cholula uses which hot pepper as its main ingredient?

Answer: Piquin

Piquin chilis are tiny, about the size of a small raisin, and quite hot (60,000-100,000 Scoville units). They are what makes the popular Mexican hot sauce brand, Cholula, so different from all the other brands.
Source: Author ElvishLord

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