Pepper Profiles

Hot Paper Lantern: A Habanero For The North

A habanero better for cooler climates…

Hot Paper Lantern fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 150,000 – 400,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 275,000 SHU
  • Origin: Peru
  • Capsicum species: Chinense
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 19 to 160 times hotter
  • Use: Culinary
  • Size: Up to 4 inches long, conical
  • Flavor: Sweet, Smoky

Habaneros are known for their tropical flair – Caribbean sweet is their thing. So, too, for the Hot Paper Lantern, with a few distinct differences. It’s a tropical-sweet habanero-type pepper with even bigger heat than a common habanero. And where traditional habaneros perform best in warmer climates, the Hot Paper Lantern boasts a shorter growing season. This makes it a perfect habanero for cooler Northern climates where the growing season is shorter.

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Black Cuban pepper

Black Cuban Pepper: Detailed In Dark

Spicy with a sense of drama…

Black Cuban pepper fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 40,000 – 58,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 49,000 SHU
  • Origin: Cuba
  • Capsicum species: Annuum
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 5 to 23 times hotter
  • Use: Ornamental
  • Size: Up to 1 inch long, conical
  • Flavor: Neutral (peppery)

Color is a whole plant affair with the Black Cuban pepper. It’s not only the fruits that take on stunning dark hues, it’s the leaves and stems too. This dark detail makes for one stunning and dramatic ornamental pepper. And like with most ornamentals, there’s plenty of spice behind the looks, comparable in heat to a cayenne pepper giving it some basic use cases in the kitchen.

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