Scotch Bonnet Pepper
Scotch Bonnet peppers, also known as Caribbean red peppers, are a chili pepper that gives island cuisine that flavorful heat that keeps you craving more. Most scotch bonnet peppers range from a rating of 100,000 to 350,000 using Scoville Heat Units. Just to compare, jalapeño peppers max out at 10,000 Scoville Heat Units. Although they are not as hot as the habanero pepper, scotch bonnet peppers remain one of the hottest peppers, however complemented by a sweet flavor. Scotch bonnet peppers have a unique, attractive, hat like appearance, thus the name Scotch Bonnet. The peppers are used in many Caribbean dishes and pepper sauces, and are well known as the ingredient in Jamaican jerk that satisfies the senses with a sweet, smoky, and spicy sensation.
Have you ever wondered why Scotch Bonnet peppers are so spicy? This is due to a compound called capsaicin, as well as creating the fiery heat capsaicin offers an abundant of health benefits. Capsaicin can be used as a weight loss aid, due to its property that speeds up metabolic activity. It is also said to decrease high cholesterol levels, fight sinus issues and also may help prevent cancer.