Scotch Bonnet Chilli Peppers with Seeds.

Scotch Bonnet Chilli Peppers are very much associated with Caribbean Cooking but also the one of Africa and many Islands like Haiti. For the unhappy side of history, Scotch Bonnet Chilli were transported to the Caribbean as the same time as slaves from West Africa back in the days of disgraceful slavery.

This very hot Chilli did become an emblematic symbol of Jamaican mantra: a look what we can cope with. The love for Jerk Chicken all around the world is undeniable.

Now Scotch Bonnet is spicy but also fruity at the same time, but quite fiercely hot. On the Scoville scale it is not the hottest chilli but not very far off the fiery Habanero. It is roughly 250 000, give or take while the Habanero is around the 300 000 mark on the Heat scale. 

This is to say that you must not eat a Scotch Bonnet very lightly. If you do suffer from severe Asthma or have Heart issues please do abstain to eat it for health reasons.

Now apart from Jerk Chicken or Pork, the Scotch Bonnet Chilli is often used in very Hot Sauces that pack a very fierce punch tastebuds wise. It is not for the faint hearted to be sure. But there I will say again less is more. A drop of very hot sauce is sufficient.

The technique to use that Chilli is mainly by simmering it for Stews, Soups, Sauces, Casseroles or Infusion with a bit of a strong kick.

I will say this it is a very nice Chilli however be careful how you handle it and cook it. Wear gloves, and don't rub your eyes at any point in time while handling this Hot Chilli. I did that once with Cayenne Chilli that is slightly less hotter than the Scotch Bonnet and I did a crying dance over the Kitchen floor like if I knew the Riverdance from scratch. It is funny now but it was not funny then. My partner rang 111 to tell me the instructions to what to do. He was at work then... To cut a long story short the solution is to never rub your eyes and wash them without touching the skin to avoid causing further irritation. This was a lesson for me. The conclusion is don't handle any Chilli without precaution.

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