Hot Pepper ‘Chocolate Habanero’


Chocolate Habanero has little in common with its sugary and sweet namesake, save for its gorgeous, deep-brown colour. Considered one of the hottest varieties in the habanero family (with up to 450,000 Scoville units), this chili is definitely one for heat lovers. Also known as Congo Black, Habanero Negro and Black Habanero – names likely coined by English spice traders in the 19th century – its exotic, rich, smoky flavour can have a dramatic effect upon a finished dish. Named after the city of La Havana in Cuba, this family of peppers is thought to have originated in the Amazon region, although habaneros are also are very popular in the Caribbean.

Common name Hot Pepper
Latin name Capsicum chinense
Variety Chocolate Habanero
Quantity 10 seeds
Plant size Height: 45 cm
Width: 70 cm
Container size Height: 30 cm
Width: 30 cm
Companion plant(s) Basil, okra, onions, calendula, mint, oregano, thyme
Planting indoors Feb to Mar
Planting outdoors May to Jun
Germination 15 to 30 days
Harvesting 90 to 120 days
Planting 3 cm to 5 cm apart at 0.5 cm depth
Thinning 25 cm to 35 cm
Light Full sun
Soil Well-drained, fertile and moist
Watering Regular watering, allow to dry out
Feeding Heavy feeding
Caring Habaneros like it hot: soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C to ensure good germination.
Beneficial wildlife Although peppers are self-pollinating plants, pollinators will increase fruit set.
Pests Grow companion plants that attract ladybirds to prevent aphid attacks.
Harvesting The more habanero peppers you pick, the more you will harvest! Pick the peppers often – as soon as they are ripe – to ensure a continued harvest.
Eating Medicinal properties: Contain a high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Can help relieve pain.

How to eat: Chocolate Habanero is the star chili, when it comes to Jamaican jerk spice. ‘Jerk’ is a style of cooking in which meat is either dry rubbed with a hot spice mixture or steeped in a spicy wet marinade. Want to push the boundaries of your cooking abilities? Try your hand at an adventurous and spicy Chocolate Habanero cake with chocolate and avocado buttercream!

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