Thursday, July 10, 2014

hottest Chilli in the world: Habanero

was once the hottest chilli in the world but been dethroned. I don't want to eat any chilli that is hotter than my beloved habanero.

Habanero is really a fiendish chilli. Beer or bread necessary to take down the burn!

It is amazing how 100 years ago, when my great grand father came from China to Borneo, the family did not eat chilli. My grand father grew some to use in pickles. Now, I can't eat my food without any chilli.

In Singapore, I was given this habanero chilli, I ate the chilli and germinated the seeds. I got hundreds of chillis from my two plants. My friends were "burnt" by this very hot chilli from Mexico. Even my Indian friend's husband who could eat very hot food had to surrender to this little thing. All of us had great laughter when we tried the chilli.

The plant is gone but I have the photos. The original chilli came from Mexico, courtesy from my friend W. on his tours.

I also learnt that to beat this fireball, sip slowly milk, giving yourself a milky mustache, or take some yoghurt. This is from my research. It works like magic.

Habanero Hot Pepper (Red Savina™) PVP - Guinness WorldRecord HP426-10

Capsicum chinense. Plant produces good yields of 2" long by 1 ½" wide wrinkled hot peppers. Peppers are extremely hot and turn from green to shiny red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. The Red Savina™ is protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act, #9200255. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 562384 PVPO. A variety developed in California, USA. pk/10

Height: 42"

Sunlight: Full Sun

HPLC Test Results: Guinness Records *

Guinness World Record Holder

* In 1994, the Red Savina was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the hottest spices. It is recorded as the hottest pepper at 577,000 Scoville units.

***In Auckland, my friend C gave me some Malaysian Chilli plants, and they were very spicy. i kept the seeds to grow for this year. Sadly, I got only a few plants. C. went to the Avondale and bought me 6 Thai Chilli plants. My Hong Kong friend Mrs. T gave me another type of Mexican chilli. I am waiting to see they will grow to give me some chillis as spicy hot as my habanero***



  1. I am actually addicted to capsicum! Did you know that eating it boosts your metabolism and gives you a sense of well-being?? This is really a HOT post!!!

  2. Habaneros are way too hot for me. My husband can eat them raw. I do grow some hot peppers. I've been taking the plant in over the winter and putting it back out when warm enough.

  3. I love peppers. Habaneros are pretty hot for me, though. I usually stop about the jalapeno level.

    My son's girlfriend can down these without a tear. She's moving up to ghost peppers but I'm not sure how anyone could handle those.

    Thanks for an interesting (and spicy) link to the letter H.