The habanero is one hot pepper! Its name means “from Havana,” but the island couldn’t hold this pepper beauty. The habanero, and its close-kin cultivars, migrated to the Caribbean and Central America a long time ago and established itself as hot pepper royalty. It has a pungent, smoky flavor that sets it apart from other peppers. Enjoy it in sauces and salsas—in moderation, of course.
Scoville scale rating:
- 150,000 to 350,000 SHU
- full sun
- 6.5 to 7.0
Days to maturity:
- 95 to 100 days after planting out
- 18 inches apart; rows 2 to 3 feet apart
Height and spread:
- 18 to 24 inches tall; 16-inch spread
- 1 inch per week
- prefers well-drained soil
- peppers grow to 1 to 2 inches
- good for drying, cooking, salsa, and sauces
- unless you live in the Deep South, start your seeds indoors eight to 10 weeks before transplanting, which you should plan for two to three weeks after your expected last frost
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