A common topic that people ask The Chile Guy is about Habañero peppers, most specifically Scotch Bonnet Peppers. As one of the spiciest products available on the market (the pepper scores between 150,000 and 300,000 on the Scoville rating system when the Jalapeño only scores between 2,500 and 8,000), the product is often in high demand around the world.
The Problem with Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Higher costs of shipping and storage problems are common. Most Scotch Bonnet Peppers are bought and sold fresh, not dry. This means that they aren’t able to be stored for very long. Shipping them is also costly, and requires you to pay for the water contained in the pepper as well. For restaurants or high-volume commercial enterprises, this can pose a problem when you’re trying order in bulk sizes.
Alternatives to Scotch Bonnet Peppers
The good news is that there are alternatives to the Scotch Bonnet that match it in flavor and heat without diminishing the ability to store the pepper. Most people aren’t aware that they have alternatives to the Scotch Bonnet, even though it’s nearly impossible to taste the difference between them and other peppers, like the Mexican Habañero.
The Mexican Habañero
Cultivated in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Mexican Habañero is one of the spiciest chiles in the entire world. To put their heat in perspective, the Mexican Habañero is roughly 20 times hotter than the Jalapeño and scores between 170,000 and 250,000 on the Scoville rating system. Their heat, coupled with a sweet, fruity flavor and flavor profile consistency makes this a perfect dry replacement for the Scotch Bonnet Pepper. Plus, because we ship this product in powder form with no water contained, you can easily measure the amount you need with each recipe.
We have many varieties of Habañero and other closely related chile, like the Jamaican Hot Pepper, that make a great substitution for the Scotch Bonnet and are always able to cater to your specific pound requests. Depending on what type of flavor and heat level you’re looking for, we can make specific recommendations. Contact us today to order the Mexican Habañero in bulk or to ask about other alternatives, including our chile powder, flakes and whole pods!