The habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense) is one of Uncle Daddy's favorites -there are SO many though!
The pepper is named after the Cuban city of La Habana or Havana in English. It did not originate in Havana, but was frequently sold there.
This chili pepper most likely came from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. It was rapidly spread around to other warm areas of the world after being discovered by Europeans. It was so widespread by the 18th-century that China was mistaken for its place of origin. Hence the scientific name "Capsicum chinense" —the Chinese pepper.
These babies are "wicked hot" as my friends in Boston say! The measure in around 100,000 to 350,000 SHU on the Scoville scale.
Unripe peppers are green, and they turn colors as they ripen. The most common colors are orange and red. White, brown, and pink are also seen.
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