Hot Peppers: Scotch Bonnet (4-inch)

The Scotch Bonnet pepper plant is characterized by its compact growth habit, reaching heights of around 2 feet (60 centimeters) and producing clusters of small, lantern-shaped fruits. These peppers typically mature to vibrant shades of yellow, orange, or red, adding a striking visual element to the garden or landscape.

Known for their exceptional heat level, Scotch Bonnet peppers pack a punch, ranging from 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) on the Scoville scale, making them among the hottest peppers in the world. Despite their intense heat, Scotch Bonnets also offer complex fruity flavors with hints of citrus, apricot, and tropical fruits, adding depth to dishes in addition to their spiciness.

Scotch Bonnet pepper plants thrive in warm, sunny climates and require well-drained soil with regular watering to maintain moisture levels. They can be grown in containers or in garden beds, provided they receive adequate sunlight and protection from strong winds. Mulching around the base of the plants helps conserve soil moisture and suppresses weed growth.

Harvesting Scotch Bonnet peppers is a rewarding endeavor, with the peppers typically reaching maturity around 80 to 90 days after transplanting. Peppers can be harvested when they reach their full color and size, though some prefer to wait until they are fully ripe for the best flavor. When handling Scotch Bonnet peppers, it's essential to wear gloves and avoid touching your face or eyes to prevent irritation from their potent oils.