Pepper, Hot Paper Lantern Habanero (Capsicum chinense), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Perennial in Zones 10-12, otherwise grown as an annual, 90 to 100 days to harvest
350,000 Scoville Heat Units
(Hot Paper Lantern Pepper, Habanero Pepper for the North) Bright red, Chinese-lantern shaped peppers hang pendant from a sturdy, flat-topped bush. I have trouble growing standard Habaneros outdoors in my zone 6, but these grew readily and produced volumes of beautiful peppers. One caution, though, they are dangerously hot. I have a habit of testing seeds by pinching them between my front teeth, and when I did this with a hot paper lantern seed, I ended up crying in the field! Standard pepper culture.
20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown
Traditional usage (TWM): flavor enhancement, circulation stimulant, antibacterial, vermifuge, against shock, life extension, prophylactic to cancer and heart disease.* Source of capsaicin.
* American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Report, Presentation P1036
- Consumption of chili pepper may reduce the relative risk of cardiovascular disease mortality by 26%, according to an analysis of diet and mortality data from four large, international studies.
- Chili pepper consumption was associated with a 25% reduction in death from any cause and 23% fewer cancer deaths, compared to people who never or only rarely consumed chili pepper.