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Types and Varieties of Habanero Peppers - Red Savina Habanero

Red Savina

577,000 Scovilles. The Red Savina variety of Habanero was the Guinness Book of World Records holder for World’s Hottest Chili Pepper from 1994 to 2006 before being dethroned by the Bhut Jolokia. Twice as hot as a typical habanero, the Red Savina was created in California through selective breeding to produce a hotter and larger version of the typical orange habanero. As its name suggests, it matures to a bright red. The Red Savina was the first member of Capsicum chinense to be awarded a Plant Variety Protection Permit from the USDA and it is now grown commercially in Costa Rica and California. The extract of the Red Savina is often used in police grade pepper spray, but the chiles themselves are delicious (perhaps when used sparingly) in salsas, hot sauces and chutneys.

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