The chilis grown from these Chocolate Habanero pepper seeds resemble the Red Savina habanero. However, the heat can be even hotter from this chocolate habanero variety with a Scoville rating upwards of 550,000 SHU. The pods will be brown with a size and shape similar to the Red Savina habanero pepper. Pods are glossy and smooth skinned with multiple lobes. They start out green and mature to the chocolate brown color fairly quickly once the fruit reaches its mature size. The flavor is earthy with smoky undertones on top of the normal habanero flavor. Like all habaneros there’s a fruity sweetness that comes with all the heat. These plants will be very productive, like most Habaneros, with dozens of these fiery hot peppers on each plant. The Chocolate Habanero plants are sturdy and grow quite bushy with lots of branching.
These Chocolate Habanero chili peppers make a great addition to salsas, they add that nice smokiness. You may find that pairing them with other earthier fruits like apricots and raisins will make an excellent and unique salsa. The chocolate habanero peppers also work nicely for making a Mexican mole sauce. If you’re looking for a spicier alternative to chipotle, consider using them in hot sauce or dehydrating these peppers and grinding them into powder for a nice steak rub.
It’s unlikely that you’ll find the chocolate habanero peppers in the local supermarket. I’ve never seen seedlings at local nurseries either so if you’re interested in growing these hot peppers, you’ll need to start them from seed. If you love smoky heat, you’ll definitely want to pick up these chocolate habanero pepper seeds. Be sure and check out the rest of our Habanero pepper seeds as well.
Starting pepper seeds can be a little tricky. For an abundant harvest you should always start the seedlings indoors at least 10-12 weeks before your last frost date. Be sure and check out our guide on starting pepper plants indoors.
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