The Habanero Chili Pepper
The habanero is a very hot variety of chili pepper. In fact, because of its heat, we only blend it in medium, hot, and extra hot varieties—no mild! Unripe habaneros are green, but they color as they mature, most commonly becoming orange or red. Typically, a ripe habanero is 2–6 cm (0.8–2.4 in) long.
Habanero chilis are very hot, rated 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville Scale. In fact, back in 1999, the habanero was listed by Guinness World Records as the world's hottest chili, but it has since been displaced by other peppers. This heat, along with the habanero's flavor and floral aroma, make it a popular ingredient in hot sauces and other spicy foods.
The habanero chili originally comes from the Amazon, from which it was spread by Spanish colonists all around the world, eventually reaching Mexico. Today, the habanero's largest producer is the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
The habanero is one of my favorite types of pepper due to its intense heat coexisting with great flavor. This makes the habanero blend one of the best, as it tastes great with and also spices up any dish. I basically throw this blend on everything I eat!