The Scotch Bonnet Chili Pepper
The scotch bonnet is a spicy and uniquely flavorful type of chili pepper. When fresh, the pepper can be red, orange, yellow, and even green. Typically, a ripe scotch bonnet is around 3–4 cm (1.5 in) long and comes in the shape of a bonnet; hence the name.
Scotch bonnet chilis are very spicy, ranging in heat from 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville Scale. While it is a close relative to the habanero pepper, the scotch bonnet is set apart by its distinct, sweeter flavor and its bonnet-like shape.
Although a cousin of the habanero, the scotch bonnet chili pepper originates from Jamaica, and is found in many Caribbean foods. Today, the scotch bonnet's largest producer is Jamaica.
The scotch bonnet, although hard to find in the U.S., is my favorite pepper. Its flavor is totally unique: a mix of lemon, a little bit of sweetness, and a short-lasting heat, ideal for a spice blend. The scotch bonnet has been my favorite pepper for years, and since so many people never get the opportunity to try it, I made sure to create a blend that includes it as the base.