Black Habanero Chile Peppers
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Black Habanero chile peppers are not really black, but a deep, dark brown. The small chiles are one to two inches in diameter and about three inches long. They ripen from green to a chocolate brown, some getting so dark that they appear black. One type of these dark brown Habanero chiles has a long stinger-type protrusion at the end, giving them the name ‘Stinger’. The Caribbean chiles are very hot, boasting anywhere from 425,000 to 450,000 Scoville units; higher than the orange variety that is roughly 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville units. The flavor is somewhat smoky which is unique among the spicier chiles.
Black Habanero chiles are available in the fall.
Botanically a member of Capsicum chinense the Black Habanero chile pepper, also known as Chocolate Habanero pack more heat than the more common Orange Habanero chile. The dark brown hued Habaneros are sometimes referred to as Cobra Black Habanero, which may or may not be the same variety. Black Habanero chiles mature later in the season compared to other Habanero varieties.
Black Habanero chiles are popular in Caribbean cuisine, in sauces, marinades and rubs. These chiles are the main ingredient in Jamaican Jerk seasoning which is used to season chicken most often. Diced Black Habanero chiles lend a unique flavor to salsas for tacos or other garnish. The heat is very intense, so a little chile goes a long way. To avoid burning or stinging sensations, wear gloves when preparing these very hot chiles.
All varieties of Capsicum chinense, such as the Habanero are native to the Americas. The Black or Chocolate Habanero variety has its origin in Jamaica or Trinidad, though they grow throughout the Caribbean Islands. The plant itself thrives in a tropical environment where summers are very warm. Black Habanero chiles have a long growing season, ripening later into the fall. The longer they remain on the plant, the hotter they become.
Recipes that include Black Habanero Chile Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.
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