The appearance of the Scotch Bonnet pepper is what inspired its name as its squashed look resembles a Scotsman’s bonnet, which is called a Tam o’Shanter hat. The Scotch Bonnet pepper 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 sweet taste, with a hint of apples and cherries, but the heat kicks in shortly after consumption. It’s very closely related to the Red Habanero, so those who have tasted a Red Habanero have a good idea of what a Scotch Bonnet is like in terms of heat, but the Scotch Bonnet has a fruitier flavor. The sweetness of the Scotch Bonnet makes it a very popular pepper for Caribbean cooking and hot sauces. Scotch Bonnet peppers are used in all sorts of Caribbean cuisine, including the well-known jerk chicken and jerk pork. The appearance of the Scotch Bonnet pepper is somewhat similar to the 7 Pot pepper, but Scotch Bonnets do not have nearly as high of a heat level. The peppers are round and have smooth skin. Scotch Bonnet pepper plants are high yielding plants that grow to be about three to four feet tall.
Plants are shipped in 3 inch reusable plastic pots and are approximately 4 to 6 inches tall.