Also known as the cherry pepper, the Pimento originates in Spain. It’s a large pepper with a very mild, sweet taste. If you don’t like heat, this one’s for you.
A medium-sized chilli pepper, the green jalapeño turns red as it matures and varies in strength. The flesh is sweet but watch out for the seeds.
The dried version of the jalapeño, chipotle is made by smoking the mature red jalapeños. They have a distinctive flavour alongside their heat.
A popular chilli for cooking with, cayenne peppers are used fresh, dried and powdered. If you’re a fan of hot sauce, it’s often this that’s packing the punch.
Also known as Thai chilli, this is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. It might be small but it’s still pretty piquant, though it’s also common to eat them raw.
Found mainly in the Caribbean, it’s this chilli’s resemblance to a Tam O’Shanter that gives it its name. Also known as ‘Ball of Fire’ – you have been warned.
One of the most well known of the “super hot” chillies, the ghost pepper was the first to scientifically test over a million units on the Scoville scale. Brave it if you dare.