Habanero refers to a variety of chili pepper that is normally green but gets hotter and colors as it matures to mostly red and orange when it ripens. For growers of habanero, their greatest worry is to know when they are ripe for picking. There are general rules to follow, but most of the packets for habanero seeds will come with instructions. However, the average timing is eight to ten weeks before you can start harvesting.
On harvesting, it’s required that you keep safe by using a knife or garden clippers to protect your hands from hot peppers and the plant from damaging. The oils of the peppers can be irritating to sensitive skin hence it’s advisable to wash your hands before touching your face or eyes. Remember always to harvest when the plants are dry to avoid spreading disease whether there are signs of disease or not.
To be sure the habanero peppers are done growing, you will notice how easily they pull off the plant, and there will be a tiny brown line forming on the peppers. Pick peppers as soon as they are ripe to enable maximum harvest and any unripe ones picked by mistake can be placed on a window until they ripen. The habanero doesn’t do well with cold weather hence they usually die when exposed to low temperatures. Pick them if there is a risk of freezing.
Joel Friant is behind the habanero shaker who introduced the original Habanero shaker almost two decades ago. He ceased production for some time but has been back and is offering the product on Amazon. It makes an excellent gift for ‘hot lovers’ as he puts it. Joel Friant also shares information on the health benefits and healing properties of habanero pepper as explained by Henry J. Thomson. From the discussion, it’s noted that habanero can fight cancer, diabetes, erectile dysfunction as well as heart disease.
A good pepper offers both heat and flavor at the same time, and habanero offers a combination that makes it more popular.