“Steve Bellavia, our trials manager, takes a bite. Janicka Eckert, our breeder, does, too. They consult,” Rob says in the story.
Here's a link to the article: "Growing peppers, hot and hotter".
And here are some links to our peppers lineup, sorted by Johnny's 5-pepper heat scale.
A pepper with a one-pepper rating denotes mild heat for tender tongues. At the other end of the scale, a five-pepper rating is considered "very hot" by us. That means a fully mature fruit will pack mouth-blistering heat.