chile pepper flavor wheelNew Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute has a hot idea on how to educate consumers about the various types of chile peppers and their uses.

The Las Cruces-based institute has developed the chile flavor wheel, according to a news release.

The wheel, which is similar to a color wheel, features 14 of the most popular species, including habañero, cayenne, belle, jalapeño, poblano and Fresno.

It also gives the heat profile, in Scoville heat units, and describes the flavor, pod type, various cultivars and uses.

The wheels are $10 each, and proceeds to go an endowed chair for chile pepper research at the institute.

For more information, contact the institute at (575) 646-3028 or e-mail