To many, the just saying the name “habanero” makes them cringe. But we don’t want you to be afraid of these great peppers because they are in fact beneficial to your health. These are most likely the hottest peppers you will find in your local supermarket, we recommend wearing gloves when handling these peppers. The oil will cause quite a burn in your eyes or any open cuts you may have so be careful of that. Also, unless the recipe specifically states be sure you always seed these peppers before you use them. The seeds are extremely hot and will add a heat that is a little to intense to just about anything. (This is coming from Megan who is obsessed with anything hot or spicy so take our word for it.)
Once proper precautions are taken care of, habanero peppers can be very enjoyable. They can be used in a variety of sauces, chopped up in salsas or fillings and even in salad dressings (see recipe below!).
Habaneros are very hot (200-300k scoville heat units). This makes them a great metabolism booster! Did you know eating hot foods also gives you endorphins? We love that!
Habanero peppers contain high amounts of potassium, magnesium and iron, which can help prevent certain cancers. They also contain high amounts of vitamins (almost 4 times the amount of vitamin C as an orange) and they can have a slight anti-inflammatory effect on the body.