Browse our products

Free delivery on all UK orders over £24.99

Shop in confidence

Habanero Chillies (Whole) 18g

Description Price Quantity
Habanero Chillies Dried Large Jar 18g £3.75
Habanero Chillies (Whole) 18g

View larger Image

Steenbergs Habanero Chilli comes from Mexico.  Habanero chillies were the original hot chilli with a heat rating of 10/10 or in the range 200,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat Units; if you want even more intense heat try Naga Jolokia.  Despite their heat, Steenbergs Habanero Chile does have a fragrant and fruity sweetness that is very surprising behind its piquant heat. Use habanero chilli sparingly and carefully to make a really hot salsa or perhaps to flavour Mexican bean dishes; the best way is to add them whole then remove them from the dish when the heat has been added to your satisfaction as no sensible person actually wants to eat them.


Chilli plants vary considerably in size, appearance and heat.  Habanero chilli comes from the Capsicum chinense species is a perennial shrub, although in colder climates it is effectively an annual. Capsicum chinense has pointed oval leaves that are tear shaped and woody stems, growing to 1 - 2 metres high (3 - 6 ft). The chilli pod is a many seeded orange or red berry with a shiny skin, which is squatter than some chillies in shape at 2 - 6cm long (1 - 2.5 inches).  While surprisingly hot, habanero chillis do have a heavenly aroma and fruity flavour so work well with tomatoes and tropical fruits, but still pack a fulsome punch.


The aroma and flavour of fresh chillis is distinctly capsicum-like, with a hint of sweetness. Their pungent bite comes from the levels of capsaicin present in the fruit; capsaicin causes the brain to release endorphins and so feelings of wellbeing. To make dry habanero chillis, the fresh chillies are dried indoors at 20-25C (68-77F) to allow them to fully ripen, then they are dried outside on concrete floors, roofs of buildings or woven mats. At night they are heaped into piles and covered with tarpaulins to protect them, before being spread out again during the day. It takes roughly three days for the moisture content to be brought down to 10% from 70-80% when fresh.  For more information on habanero chillis, visit Wikipedia.


With the popularity of Indian and Mexican cooking in the UK, we have become very fond of chilli in our food, whether dried or via a table sauce. I am forever adding some heat from a sauce to add some spice into insipid and bland chicken, soup or vegetables. Why not also make a simple sauce by adding 3 or 4 fresh chillies or dried organic Birds Eye chilli to a bottle of sherry for a few days, then adding it to food as and when needed? For more inspiration, try the Allrecipes Website.


Steenbergs Habanero Chilli Pepper is part of Steenbergs range of more specialist ingredients, so is best purchased online at Steenbergs or Amazon, or you can ring Steenbergs on 01765 640 088 or email us at enquiries@steenbergs.co.uk.  Habanero chillis are not sold to our retail customers and are exclusive to our web and mail order customers.

Nutritional Info:

Values per 100g:
Energy 106kCal; 449kJ
Protein 9.6g
Carbohydrates 15.7g
Fat 0.5g

Values per 1.5g chilli pod:
Energy 2kCal; 7kJ
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrates 0.2g
Fat 0.0g

You might also like

This product is used in the following recipes

Your basket

Top sellers

  1. Rose Water Organic Steenbergs
  2. Za'atar Spice Blend - Zatar - Zaatar
  3. Organic smoked paprika 55g
  4. Vanilla Sugar Organic Fairtrade
  5. Hot Curry Powder Organic
  6. Organic Cotton Soft Facial Tissues x 56 tissues
  7. Raw Honey Chestnut Seggiano Italy
  8. Organic Turmeric 150g Baby Bulk Refill
  9. Sumac Ground Powder Spice

Latest from the blog

Time for Tea – our new regular chat with someone who cares about tea
3 April 2014, 9:15 amFood, fashion and beauty blogger Becca shares her top tips for a tea-filled day 1. What is your favourite tea…... Read more
Looking back over the past 10 years … part 1
26 March 2014, 10:40 amSteenbergs began life in the late autumn of 2003. Our youngest child had just had her first birthday and wasn’t…... Read more
Steenbergs New Taster Panels Report – Tea Tasting 1
19 February 2014, 11:45 amWelcome to Steenbergs Tea Taster Panel’s first review of some of our teas!  Back in October 2013, we asked all…... Read more
Decoration