One of the rarest Scotch Bonnet varieties, the Gold Scotch Bonnet pepper starts off green and ripens to a golden yellow color. The appearance of the Gold Scotch Bonnet pepper is somewhat similar to the Habanero, and both have similar heat levels. The peppers are round and have smooth skin. Gold Scotch Bonnet pepper plants are high yielding plants that grow to be about three to four feet tall. The Gold Scotch Bonnet pepper, which is round and has smooth skin, is considered a hot pepper as it averages 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units, which is about the same as a Habanero pepper.
The pepper has a slightly fruity taste, but the heat kicks in shortly after consumption. It’s very closely related to the Habanero, so those who have tasted a Habanero have a good idea of what a Gold Scotch Bonnet is like in terms of heat, but the Scotch Bonnet has a fruitier flavor. The sweetness of the Gold Scotch Bonnet makes it a popular pepper for salsa, hot sauce, and all sorts of Caribbean cuisine, including the well-known jerk chicken and jerk pork.