This very different habanero is the result of an accidental cross between a chocolate-colored habanero with an orange habanero, resulting in striking coloration and extreme heat. Peppers start out as light green with a bit of purple streaking, progress to a mustard-hued peach before finally ripening to pure orange. Fruit is large and quite ruffled, making for a very beautiful habanero which is also shockingly hot. Tall plants are quite productive. 90 days.
Fiery hot, wrinkled yellow peppers are related to habanero, and are at least as hot if not hotter. The searing heat has an excellent, citrus-like flavor that can be appreciated in the seconds before the heat sets in. Originally from Africa, these plants become 3 to 4 feet tall, maturing abundant crops of fruit earlier than plants of habanero. Peppers are 2 to 3 inches long with a wide top that tapers down to a point, and are shriveled all over. 80 days.
This form of Scotch Bonnet turns orange when fully ripe. While it resembles the habanero, its flavor is fruitier, making it a favorite in Caribbean cooking for pairing with tropical fruits. At 200,000 Scoville Units, it is searingly hot but delicious when combined with other food. 75 to 100 days.
Seed for this habanero variety was found in the Caribbean, and grows a fiercely hot pepper that is hotter than the regular orange habanero. Dried samples of Caribbean Red measured 445,000 Scoville units whereas regular habanero tested at about 260,000 Scovilles. This pepper must be used carefully, but is wonderful for salsas, marinades, and making your own hot sauce. Bright red fruits are about 1½ inches deep and 1 inch wide and have flavor with fruity overtones. 110 days to red.