#Know your Ingredient

habanero chilli

He intensely hot Habanero comes from the Amazon. The name Habanero is believed to mean from Havana, Cuba. In recent years it is the perhaps the Yucatan Peninsula that has become synonymous with growing Habanero with exports exceeding two thousand tonnes per year. The flavor of Habanero are unlike any other hot pepper. It is fruity, floral, sweet, crunchy, and bursting with pungency. The Habanero pepper is one of the hottest chili peppers around in terms of popularity and of Scoville units! While many range from a still-eye-watering 200,000 to 300,000 Scovilles, some Habanero peppers have ranged from a scorching 450,000 to a blistering 600,000 Scovilles.


Like all capsicums, the Paprika varieties are native to South America. Paprika is a fine powder ground from certain varieties of Capsicum. They are larger and milder than chilli peppers. Paprika is produced from peppers ripened to redness, sometimes called ‘pimento’. The powder can vary in colour from bright red to rusty brown.

bird eye chilli

The tiny Bird’s Eye Chili originated in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, and surrounding countries, but they can now be found all over the world. They are very popular in cuisine from the areas mentioned, and with heat almost similar to a habanero; they add quite a punch to many types of dishes, including pastas, soups, sauces, dips, and more. Historically they have been used as a natural remedy for arthritis, rheumatism, flatulence and toothache, and they may be used as an insect repellant when mixed with water.


A herb with wide delicate lacy green leaves and a pungent flavor, the seed of the cilantro plant is known as coriander. Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other.
Cilantro is a common ingredient in Latin and Indian cuisines. The fresh leaves can be rinsed, patted dry, and chopped before adding them to a variety of dishes. Cook them in or use them as a spicy, fresh garnish for complex flavor like tacos. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the most commonly used in cooking.

cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper gets its name from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. It is known to have originated in Central and South Americas. It is a moderately hot chili pepper that is used to flavor dishes.
Cayenne pepper contains a high amount of capsaicin (more of which we will talk about in a while) that is responsible for most of its benefits. Capsaicin is also responsible for the fruit’s fiery hot flavor. The pepper is rated between 30,000-50,000 on the Scoville heat units.

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