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Habanero is a hot variety of chilli pepper. It is a perennial flowering plant with oval, simple leaves with deep glossy green colour. The plants are generally bushy and just slightly taller than they are wide. Unripe Habaneros are green and they colour as they mature. Typically a ripe Habanero is 2-6cm long. Habanero chillis are very hot, rated 100,000-450,000 on the Scoville Heat Units scale. Habanero is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, which consist of over 3,000 species, including for example belladonna, mandrake, petunia, potato, tomato, pepper (e.g. bell pepper, cayenne, tabasco) and tobacco.
Habanero peppers grow mainly on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as well as in other hot climates including in Belize, Costa Rica, parts of US and Panama where it is known as the aji chombo. Habanero chili originated in the Amazon basin, from which it was spread, reaching Mexico. A specimen of a domesticated Habanero plant, dated at 8,500 years old, was found at an archaeological site in Peru. Habanero pepper was named after the Cuban city of La Habana (Havana), which was the main trading center for those peppers. It was spread all over the world by Spanish colonists and in the 18th century, it was mistaken that China was its place of origin. Since then it was called Capsimum chinese (the Chinese pepper).
How to use:
Start with using 1/4 teaspoon per 1 cup of boiling water for infusion on its own or added to your favourite herbal tea.
For Habanero infused oil use 2 tablespoons of Habanero powder and combine in a sauce pan with 2 cups of sunflower oil. Cook over a low flame for about 2 hours. Strain through a cheesecloth into a clean glass jar. To make a salve, add 1 1/2 oz of beeswax. Rub the oil on sore muscles or areas of arthritis pain.
Cautions & contraindications:
Habanero is considered safe; however, if you have sensitive skin avoid direct topical contact.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.