Madame Jeanette peppers hail from Suriname, a small country in South America. They look like small, elongated bell peppers, and ripen to be a bright yellow color. The Madame Jeanette pepper is said to have been named after a Brazilian sex worker (a neighboring country to Suriname).

How hot?

125,000–325,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Scientific name

Capsicum Chinense

Taste

Madame Jeanette peppers are on par with Habaneros in terms of spiciness and are described as tasting fruity. You might notice notes of mango and pineapple.

Uses

Madame Jeanette peppers are extremely common in Surinamese cuisine. They are often ground into a paste with a mortar and pestle, and used in sauces and soups. Suriname has an incredibly ethnically diverse population including a large Indian population, so the Madame Jeanette pepper is also commonly used in Indian curries and sauces.

Where to buy Madame Jeanette peppers

Madame Jeanette peppers are hard to come by. They are sometimes exported to the Netherlands for sale because of the former colonial relationship. If you live in other countries, your best bet is to grow them yourself. Madame Jeanette peppers are not used in any commercially available products in the U.S.

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