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Habaneros: Feel the Heat
One of the fieriest foods in the business, the habanero chili has made its way into kitchens across the globe to spice up meals and produce a thin sheen of perspiration across satisfied diners. If you enjoy your meal on the spicy side, there’s a good chance it’ll be flavored with habaneros. Find out what gives this piquant chili its pep in our Groupon guide.
Sweating, crying, coughing, and sneezing—the physiological response to eating a habanero chili can be extreme. But it can also be delightful, as the chili and its active spice ingredient—capsaicin—induce the release of endorphins in the brain and increase blood flow to the tongue. The habanero is one of the spiciest varieties of chili, reaching between 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) on the Scoville scale, which charts peppers’ spiciness. For perspective, the tabasco pepper that flavors familiar hot sauces measures between 30,000 and 50,000 SHU. Though recently dethroned as the hottest chili in the world by the famed ghost pepper, the habanero continues to sprout perspiration along the upper lips of diners from Mexico to the Caribbean.
- The habanero’s origins are unknown, though domesticated specimens have been found in the Peruvian highlands that date back to 6500 BC.
- Today, Mexico’s Yucatan region is the greatest producer of habanero chilies, which play an integral role in the local cuisine. The chili’s floral aroma and citrusy notes, and of course its heat, heighten the flavors of seafood, salsas, and even tequilas.