What Are Hot Spices

Hot spices adds flavor, aroma and heat to our food. They are mostly so called because of the degree of hotness they provide. People often ask, what are hot spices because of the impacts of them both in terms of health, flavour, aroma and hotness. In this article, I will walk you through to some types of hot spices you can add to your cooking.

Furthermore, hot spices are good for your health when you add them to your food. For instance, spicy food can help you to loose weight, improve digestion, help with the circulatory system, fights cold and flu. Also, it has anti cancerous properties and improve sleep. :::::

Some Hot Spice Include


Cinnamon has gain popularity in the recent times, owing to the fact that it works well in both sweet and savoury food. So, cinnamon contains an aromatic essential oil which has cinnamaldehyde and the main chemical component in it. In other words, it is this cinnamaldehyde present in it that makes cinnamon to be hot.


Bhut Jolokia Ghost Chilli Pepper (Capsicum)

All chilli pepper contain the alkaloid capsaicin. However, the level of the hotness in each type of pepper depends on the level of capsaicin in such pepper. For instance, ghost chilli pepper which at some time was rumoured to be world hottest pepper contains the Scoville heat units (SHU) of 855,000 between to 1,042,427. Unlike cayenne pepper or habanero pepper with a far lower SHU.

Ghost pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a long slim type of pepper that contains an alkaloid capsaicine. It is the capsaicine that makes it to be hot. The Scoville heat units (SHU) of cayenne is 30,000 to 50,000.

Habanero pepper (Capsicum)

This type of pepper is one of the most common pepper in Nigeria. It is very spicy because of the high capsaicin present in it. aside the hotness, it has a very nice aroma and flavour, making it a very choice pepper for stews and many dishes. In addition, the Scoville heat units (SHU) of habanero pepper is 100, 000 to 250, 000


Have you ever felt heart burn after eating ginger before? Ginger is a popular spice similar to turmeric and from same family. It contains gingerol, a chemical compound similar to capsaicin and piperin. Gingerol is the chemical that gives ginger the hotness that you feel when you eat ginger.

In addition, ginger is very good for you to eat, either raw or you can use it to cook or even use it as tea. Read the many health benefits of ginger and get deep insights about some ginger facts here Aside all the health benefits of ginger, it also has a great aroma and flavour in food.

what are hot spices

Black pepper (Piper Nigrum )

Black pepper has a mild hotness to it which is as a result of a nitrogenous compound name alkaloid that is present in it. Piperine is an alkaloid that makes black pepper to be spicy

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Black pepper

Other Hot Spices Include

  • Negro pepper (Uda)
  • Cumin
  • Uziza seeds and leaf (piper guineense)
  • Paprika
  • Jalapeno
  • Clove
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Uziza seed

What other hot spices do you like to eat?

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