This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors (yellow, orange, green, red, chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique, distinctively fruity flavor.
It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
4 branches fresh thyme
3 whole habanero chiles
2 Tbsp. chopped chives
6 whole black peppercorns
1 pint white vinegar
Place all the ingredients, except for the vinegar, in a sterilized jar. Pour the vinegar over the mixture and allow to steep for 1 week before using.
Recipe from the Seasonal Chef.