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Habanero

'Outsider' in the chilli pepper range

Habanero pepper - Product picture

Habanero means 'from Havana', which immediately indicates the original origin of this pepper: Central America and the Caribbean. Culinary enthusiasts know the Habanero as one of the hottest peppers in the world. The Scoville scale, which is applied internationally, indicates a score of up to 350,000 units, many times more than the Cayenne pepper (maximum 50,000). On our own 'hot scale' the Habanero is scored a 9.

The Habanero most resembles a small lantern. It comes in green, yellow, orange and red varieties, which do not exceed 3 to 6 centimetres in height.

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Storage advice

  • Transport and storage: Store this pepper in cool conditions. Transport and storage are best done at temperatures between 6 and 10˚C.
  • Shop: Sell Habanero peppers on the regular fresh produce shelf.

Our habaneros are grown in:

The Netherlands, Spain and Morocco

Growing and harvesting

At the grower's

Habanero peppers are grown from seed to plant by plant growers. The trays with seeds are kept under artificial light for 2 weeks at a temperature between 23 and 25˚C. When the first plants appear, the peppers are moved to pots or rockwool blocks. Once the plants reach 40 centimetres, the Habaneros are taken to their final destination: the open field in the open ground or in the greenhouse, depending on the season.

Habanero peppers are large enough to be harvested after 6 to 8 weeks. By that time, the peppers have developed an even colour. Harvesting is manual work, as is sorting for quality, size and colour. Packed in 2 kilo boxes, the Habaneross are shipped to Nature's Pride.

Habanero Pepper - Growth & Harvest

Recipes & preparation tips

Brownies with Habanero peppers or a mango-habanero sauce are just two of the many creative possibilities with this hot pepper, which can be found on the EAT ME website. Their spicy character gives many different dishes an incredible flavour boost. However, observe the correct precautions during preparation. Rub your hands with a little oil beforehand and wash thoroughly with soap afterwards to prevent any irritation.

Habanero Pepper - Recipes & Preparation

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