In the ancient Mayan lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. the flat and arid terrain is perfect for cultivating one of the hottest chiles in the world—the Habanero.
For many years, the little round Habanero pepper was the hottest chile known to humankind, rating 100,000-300,000 units on the Scoville Heat Scale. It wasn’t until a close cousin of the habanero—the Ghost Chile—was discovered in India that the habanero lost its reign as the hottest chile in the world.
The name Habanero means “from Havana,” but it is a bit of a misnomer. While Habaneros were largely traded in Cuba, most agree that this pungent little pepper originated in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
For those unfamiliar with Habaneros, they not only pack quite a punch being 20 times hotter than the Jalapeno, but have a sweet, fruity flavor that adds a nice aromatic quality to dishes. There are many types of Habaneros and they are easily substituted for one another. For example, a recipe that calls for a Scotch Bonnet or Jamaican chile can easily be made with a Mexican Habanero without sacrificing flavor or heat.
Today, Habanero chile is commonly used in Mexican cuisine and other spicy cuisines throughout the world. With its fruity flavor, Habaneros are also frequently used to spice up desserts.
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