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The Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper

Updated on October 5, 2008

Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper

The Tam O Shanter (Scotch Bonnet)

Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper

Although it doesn't sound it, the Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper doesn't actually come from anywhere near Scotland, it originates in the Caribbean and the reason for it's name is because it resembles a traditional Scottish Hat called the Tam O Shanter which itself is named after a poem by the world reknowned poet Robert(Rabbie) Burns.

The pepper is a member of the Capsicum Chinense variety of Chilli Pepper, and it is said to be one of the hottest Chilli peppers in the world.

If you compare the Scotch Bonnet with a Jalapeño pepper using the Scoville scale, Jalapeño peppers have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 whereas the Scotch Bonnet has a heat rating of 150,000 to 325,000 on the scale. The Scotch Bonnet when ripe or dried and powdered has a unique apricot scent.

Scotch Bonnets are especially used in Caymanian and Jamaican cooking but they are becoming more and more used in international cooking and can be found in most top restaurants these days.

Fresh ripe Scotch Bonnets change from green to colours ranging from pumpkin orange to scarlet red. Ripe peppers are prepared for cooking by cutting out the seeds inside the fruit which can be saved for cultivation or other culinary uses.

After preparing chillies, it's important to avoid contact with the eyes or any sensitive skin - even washing the hands may not be enough to remove all the capsaicin, the volatile oil in the fruit that gives it its hot taste.

Like any other hot pepper the heat doesn't kick in until a few seconds after you have eaten it, The Scotch Bonnet has a kick like a mule and it keeps on kicking even when you go down, it is advisable to have a glass of milk to hand as it helps to neutralise the heat of the pepper.

Poor Mikey LOL!

The Funniest Moment on TV 2008

Although the reality TV programme Big Brother is beginning to become repetitive and many people think that it has ran its course, the funiest moment I have seen on TV this year, came from the show. Mikey who lives around one and a half miles from where I live ate a Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper, the result is hilarious as you can see for yourself in the video on the right.

When Michael (Mikey) was 23 he lost his sight whilst undergoing an operation and has now been blind for 10 years. Mikey works as a radio producer for a blind radio station called 'Radio Insight' and in 2007 was part of a team that won a Sony Radio Academy Award.


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    • linjingjing profile image


      10 years ago

      The Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper

      Very creative

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      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      I love hot food and cook with chillis regularly. I am aways intersting to learn of new and interesting varieties. Thnks for sharing the info and the video.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      One of my favorite hot peppers! Thumbs Up, Dugg and all the rest. :)

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      Rodney Fagan 

      11 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great Hub, I used to have a very good selection of chili's, that grew in my garden. Alas there was a period of drought through I managed to salvage them, unfourtunatly, along came two seasons of rainfall which wiped out the ntire collection, some fiveteen different varieties of chili.

      The one that I missed loosing the most, was a delightful fellow.

      You bit into its sweet gentle tingling flesh, smile d and pronounced a sweet and mild, then the air intake through your mouth that would light a fire that kicked in with a vengence. Tears and milk would not nullify the heat, the burn would last for a good 5 to 20 minutes.

      It made an excellent chili relish.


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