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Spicy exchange / 2023

Orange Habanero: Don't underestimate this classic pepper

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Basic facts about orange habanero:

Heat level: hot SHU range: 150,000 - 350,000 Classification: Capsicum chinense Flavor: fruity, sweet, citrusy Origin: Yucatan, Mexico

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Orange habaneros are very spicy, with a Scoville heat rating of 150,000 to 350,000 units. To put this in perspective, a jalapeño pepper typically has a Scoville rating of 2,500 to 8,000 units. Still, they have nowhere near the heat of ghost or scorpion peppers.  

How hot are they?

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What do they taste like?

Orange habaneros have a unique and distinct flavor that is often described as fruity, with hints of citrus and sweetness. The flavor is often described as being more complex than other chili peppers.

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All habaneros are pretty spicy with SHU ratings of at least 150,000. While orange habaneros tend to range up to 350,000 SHU, both the chocolate and red savina varieties can be as hot as 550,000+ SHU, making them significantly hotter.

Orange habaneros vs. other habaneros

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Growing habaneros

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, orange habaneros are easy to grow at home as long as you have a warm sunny space. On average, a healthy orange habanero plant can produce anywhere from 50 to 100 peppers per season.

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