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Produce Facts: Habeneros

Dec 30, 2015

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HabenerosThe Habanero pepper is considered to be the hottest edible chile in the world. There are at least 18 varieties of Habanero Peppers and new types are being grown.

The heat of the Habanero usually ranges between 100,000-350,000 Scoville units but some have been rated as high as 600,000. Heat will vary from pepper to pepper.

You can reduce the heat of the Habanero in cooking by removing the seeds and insides of the chile. Eating or drinking dairy products can help ease the heat pain caused by a hot Habanero. 

Habeneros can be many colors depending on the variety, including orange, red, brown, white and pink. The hottest is the Red Savina pepper.

The largest producer of the Habanero Chile is Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Important Facts

Here's what you need to know:
  • Store from 45-50° F and 85-95% humidity.
  • Keep chili peppers away from ethylene-producing fruits and strong drafts.
  • Peppers should be smooth, shiny, well colored, and firm. Avoid peppers that appear shriveled or decayed.  
  • Dry lines or striations across the skin indicate a hotter pepper. These lines are not an indication of poor quality.

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