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Habanero Pepper
Common Name: Habanero
Species: Capsicum chinense
Size: 2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide
Shape: Lantern or flattened-bell shaped
Color: Dark green when immature, maturing to orange, red, yellow, or white
Scoville Heat Units: Typically 80,000 to 150,000 but up to 577,000 (Red Savina variety)
Otherwise Known As: Bonney pepper, Congo pepper
Grown In: Caribbean, Yucatan
Commonly Used In: Habanero hot sauces, salsas, chutneys, marinades
Some Random Facts: The word "habanero" means "from Havana." There is much confusion about the habanero pepper. The word has come to signify any chile pepper in the Capsicum chinense species, though technically there are dozens of pod types within the species, of which habanero is simply one variety. Scotch bonnets and Jamaican hots are also different pod types, closely related to the habanero and part of the Capsicum chinense species but not the same chile.

A Caribbean remedy to spice up your dead love life: a chinense pepper "combined with crushed peanuts, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, vanilla beans packed in brandy, and an island liqueur called Creme de Banana" results in a unique aphrodisiac.

Photo Credit: Lois Ellen Frank

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