Habanero peppers are the hottest variety of the common chili peppers. Habaneros are rated 100,000 - 500,000 on the Scoville Scale, which is the measurement of spicy heat in chili peppers. This pepper has explosive flavor of spices despite its petite size of 1 to 2 ½ inches in length and 1 to 2 inches in width. The habanero pepper is the most popular pepper for hot sauces because of its supremely spicy quality. The thin, waxy flesh encapsulating seeds yields a floral, fruity, citrus, spice that once held a Guinness Record for hottest pepper. Due to selective breeding, there are now hotter peppers available, but the delicious spicy flavor of the habanero remains a favorite pepper.
Why are Habaneros so spicy? Habaneros contain capsaicin, which causes a burning sensation in the throat and mouth. Although capsaicin does trigger pain receptors in your body, it also can do a great deal of healing. Some studies have suggested capsaicin can help prevent cancer and lower someone's risk of getting diabetes. The habanero pepper also offers a great source of Vitamin A and C, as well as provides an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.