Hot Pepper ‘Lemon Habanero’

£4.00

Habanero Lemon, also known as Yellow Habanero, is a lantern-shaped chili that matures from green to lemon yellow. The pods grow to about 5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, and have a distinctive fruity and citrusy taste (and, according to some, even an apricot-like aroma). Let’s talk about spiciness: our yellow friend doesn’t exceed the capsaicin level of the average habanero, registering at about 100,000–300,000 on the Scoville scale. But that’s a lot! Named after the city of La Havana in Cuba, these peppers are most likely to have originated in the Amazon region, although they are very popular in the Caribbean.

Common name Hot Pepper
Latin name Capsicum annuum
Variety Lemon Habanero
Quantity 10 seeds
Plant size Height: 70 cm
Width: 45 cm
Container size Height: 30 cm
Width: 30 cm
Companion plant(s) Basil, okra, onions, radishes, calendula, mint
Planting indoors Feb to Mar
Planting outdoors May to Jun
Germination 15 to 30 days
Harvesting 90 to 120 days
Planting 5 cm apart at 0.5 cm depth
Thinning 30 cm
Light Full sun
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil
Watering Regular watering, allow to dry out
Feeding Heavy feeding
Caring Habaneros like it hot: the 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: Try them fresh from the plant, chopped and added to salads. Use them as a garnish for Caribbean recipes or add them to salsas, marinades and bottled condiments.
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