Whole Habanero Chiles
Habanero Chiles are full of heat and fruity flavor that makes them a wonderful addition to many recipes.
For maximum flavor dry toast chiles in a hot skillet until fragrant or in a 350° oven until puffy and fragrant. Rinse with warm water. Soak in hot water for 10 minutes to rehydrate or add directly to recipe that will cook at least 10 minutes. Once rehydrated, dice or purée and add to a recipe.
Storage & handling
Store in cool, dry place.
Dried Habanero Chiles.
The Habanero Chile (Capsicum Chinense) is in the same family as Scotch Bonnet, Wiri Wiri and Scorpion chiles which are among the hottest in the world. In 2000 the Habanero was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chile, but has since been surpassed by numerous other varieties.
Believed to have originated in Cuba before being taken to the Yucatan Peninsula, Habaneros are now grown in Belize, Costa Rica, Texas and California. They boast an intense heat and flavor mix with underlying delicately fruity, citrus-like flavor that mixes well with tropical fruits and tomatoes.
Xnipec is a traditional Yucatecan table salsa served in homes, cafeterias and taquerias across the region. With a moderate-to-hot heat level and fresh, slightly fruity flavor, this salsa is a unique alternative to traditional mild tomato salsas, and a perfect pairing for crunchy tortilla chips.