Steenbergs Habanero Chilli comes from Mexico. Habanero chillies were the original hot chilli with a heat rating of 10/10 or in the range 200,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat Units; if you want even more intense heat try Naga Jolokia. Despite their heat, Steenbergs Habanero Chile does have a fragrant and fruity sweetness that is very surprising behind its piquant heat. Use habanero chilli sparingly and carefully to make a really hot salsa or perhaps to flavour Mexican bean dishes; the best way is to add them whole then remove them from the dish when the heat has been added to your satisfaction as no sensible person actually wants to eat them.
Chilli plants vary considerably in size, appearance and heat. Habanero chilli comes from the Capsicum chinense species is a perennial shrub, although in colder climates it is effectively an annual. Capsicum chinense has pointed oval leaves that are tear shaped and woody stems, growing to 1 - 2 metres high (3 - 6 ft). The chilli pod is a many seeded orange or red berry with a shiny skin, which is squatter than some chillies in shape at 2 - 6cm long (1 - 2.5 inches). While surprisingly hot, habanero chillis do have a heavenly aroma and fruity flavour so work well with tomatoes and tropical fruits, but still pack a fulsome punch.
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