Capsicum chinense is species of chili pepper with several different varieties, including Habanero and Madame Jeanette.
The scientific name (C. chinense) is misleading as is does not originate from China but from Central America and the Caribbeans.
Yellow lantern chili
Basic information and facts
Central America and Caribbeans
Tropical regions worldwide
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Perennial, but in cooler climates gown as an annual plant.
Small white flowers with five petals.
A lot of variation in fruit color and shape. Common colors are red, orange and yellow, but sometimes brown fruits can be found.
Climate and weather:
Tropical and subtropical climates
Some variation but often about 50 centimeters.
Grown from seed
Pick green or ripe fruits.
Habanero chilis are very hot. They are used as a herb or spice to add heat to dishes such as stews and sauces. Often they are used in Mexican food to prepare hot sauces and spicy salsas. The Madame Jeanette variety is commonly used in Surinamese cuisine.
Proverbs and Quotes
- Don’t be afraid of the chili pepper, even though it’s so red. (Mexican proverb)
- How can you be burnt by chilies which you have not eaten?
- Whoever eats chili gets burned.