Habanero; The Spicy Superfood
Pronounced Ha·buh·neuh·row, this South and Central American native chilli has been around for over 6,500 years, so what makes this ancient chili still popular to this day?
Rated one of the hottest chilli’s in the world at 100,000 to 500,000 on the Scoville scale (8th & 9th hottest according to Australian Geographic) could be a factor, however the Habanero is a hot addition to your diet in more ways than one.
The Habanero pepper has a unique flavour profile; its fruity sweetness and floral aroma make it a great ingredient for sauces, meals and snacks (beef jerky for example). Even more so is the fact its heat subsides quicker than other hot chili’s. The result is a flavourful heat that leaves you wanting more.
On top of packing a punch with its heat and great flavour, science says Habanero’s are good for you too. A single Habanero contains more Vitamin C than many citrus fruits, are high in Vitamin A and minerals, while being fat-free and low in sugar.
Habanero’s also contain a considerable amount of Capsaicin – the chemical that causes the burning sensation in your mouth. In response, the brain releases endorphins and dopamine, resulting in increased mood, pleasure and a sense of reward.
It’s no wonder then eating chilli’s can be used as a pick-me-up (for those brave enough), but we’d just suggest grabbing a bag of Habanero Empire Jerky instead. With 3 whole Habanero’s in every bag, it’s a guilt-free snack that not only tastes great but will make you feel great too.
Brisbane based jerky lover, marketer and fan of almost all sports.