The perfect balance of fruit and spice, the orange habanero is EASILY my favourite hot pepper. We use them in all of our recipes (among other peppers when called for).
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Habanero Quick Facts
Habanero Scoville: 100,000 – 350,000 SHU
Habanero vs Jalapeno: 12 to 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno
Species: Capsicum chinense
Heat: Very Hot
Flavor: Sweet, crunchy, and bursting with heat
Habanero Heat Ranking
Habaneros are considered very hot to the general public. However, there are hundreds of peppers MUCH hotter in a category called super hots (Carolina Reapers, Ghosts, Scorpions, etc.). Typical habs range from 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) which is anywhere from 12 to 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno.
- Habanero Chile Peppers are considered the hottest edible chili in the world.
- The Heat of the Habanero Chile Pepper usually ranges between 100,000-350,000 Scoville units, but some have been rated as high as 600,000 Scoville units.
- There are at least 18 varieties of Habanero Peppers, and new types are being grown. Here is a partial list:
- Red Habanero
- Orange Habanero
- Caribbean Red
- Habanero Condor’s Beak
- Big Sun Habanero
- Golden Habanero
- Mustard Habanero
- Scotch Bonnet Pepper
- Hot Paper Lantern
- Red Savina
- Datil Peppers
- Peach Habanero
- Yucatan White Habanero Peppers
- White Bullet Habanero (TM)
- Peruvian White Habanero
- White Giant Habanero Peppers
- Jamaican Chocolate Habanero Peppers
- Colour is not an indication of the heat intensity of Habanero Chili Peppers. The heat will vary from pepper to pepper.
- Hydroponic technology is famous for growing Habaneros.
- The largest producer of the Habanero chili is Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
- Habanero Chiles can be many colours, including orange, red, brown, white and pink. The hottest Habanero, the Red Savina pepper, is deep red.
- You can reduce the heat of the Habanero in cooking by removing the seeds and insides of the chile.
- Eating or drinking dairy products can help ease the heat pain caused by a hot Habanero.
- Habaneros grow best in areas with intense morning sun and slightly acidic soil.