Habanero Pop Quiz: Test Your Pepper Knowledge

How well do you know the popular hab?

Let’s test your pepper knowledge against one of the most recognized peppers out there: the habanero. Take our 10 question pop quiz on the hab below. We provide detail about the answer (whether right or wrong and why), so it’s a fun way, too, to quickly learn some fun facts about this chili.

These 10 questions range from pretty easy to pretty hard. But the good news: All of the information can be discovered on PepperScale. The best place to start is our habanero profile page. Our hot pepper list will also be a useful resource to keep at hand. Read it through to get ready, then give our quiz a shot. Have fun!

How hot is the habanero in Scoville heat units?

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The habanero sits firmly among the extra-hot peppers on the Scoville scale - from 100,000 to 350,000, with a median heat of 225,000 SHU.

Which of these chilies is the most like a habanero?

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The Jamaican scotch bonnet pepper has the same range in heat and a very comparable fruitiness (though a little sweeter).

Beyond the heat, what's the predominant flavor of the habanero?

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The hab has a fruity sweet flavor - a touch tropical. It's delicious with tropical fruits.

Where do habanero peppers originate?

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Mexico is the original home to the habanero, though it is now grown in many places.

Which can be hotter: A common orange habanero or a chocolate habanero?

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The chocolate hab is actually much hotter - reaching the lower end of super-hots on our list. It ranges 425,000 to 577,000 Scoville heat units. That's well above the common orange habanero.

Which Capsicum do habaneros belong to?

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The habanero belongs to the Capsicum Chinense. This capsicum includes many of the hottest peppers in the world.

How much hotter is the habanero than a jalapeño?

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When you compare the hottest possible jalapeño (8,000 SHU) to the mildest possible habanero (100,000 SHU), the habanero is at least around 12 times hotter.

Is the typical habanero considered a super-hot pepper?

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Don't get us wrong, the habanero is plenty hot. But it's not a super-hot. The common orange type sits in the "extra-hot" range of the Scoville scale. You'll want to wear gloves when handling to protect from chili burn.

How long are most habanero peppers on average?

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Habaneros typically vary in size from 1 to 3 inches. They have a pod-like shape so sometimes it's more elongated and other times more rounded.

How old was the first domesticated habanero plant ever discovered?

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Habanero plants go back a long time. Archeologists have discovered domesticated habanero plants that date to 8,500 years old.

Habanero Pop Quiz
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 24, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on October 31, 2019.