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Habanero Pepper

Habanero PepperCommon 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 Scale: Typically 80,000 to 150,000 but up to 577,000 (Red Savina variety)

Also Known As: Bonney pepper, Congo pepper

Grown In: Caribbean, Yucatan

Commonly Used In: Habanero hot sauces, salsas, chutneys, marinades

Pepper Facts: The word "habanero" means "from Havana." There is much confusion about habanero peppers. 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.
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