Habanero: The Chilies Have That Much Scoville

Habaneros have that much Scoville

How much Scoville a Habanero has differs depending on the variety. Usually, the number is in the lower to middle six-digit range.

  • The Habanero Orange between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville. The Habanero Red also has up to 350,000 Scoville, but it only starts at around 150,000 Scoville. Both hardly differ, only the color is different, which leads to the names.
  • In the range of 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville, there are also the Habanero Mustard and Habanero White. Here, too, the chilies are named after their color, one is mustard-colored, and the other gets a yellowish to white color.
  • For a long time, the Habanero Red Savina was considered the hottest chili in the world, which also explains the Scoville number of 250,000 to 577,000.
  • In fact, there is also a Habanero without any heat, which is called Sweet Habanero. So anyone can eat it without hesitation.
  • Compared to other chilies, the Habaneros are in the upper range in terms of heat, which explains the heat level of 10, above which there are only 10+, 10++, and 10+++. The enormous pungency becomes even clearer when you compare the number of Scoville with Tabasco. This one only has 2500 Scoville, which means that most Habaneros are about 120 times as hot.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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