Care and Planting Instructions
Plant outside when all danger of frost has passed. Plant height 24″. Space plants 12-18″ apart in rows 24-30″ apart. Peppers prefer full sun and do best when daytime temperatures are at least 70 degrees F. and nighttime temperatures above 60 degrees F. If temperatures get below 55 degrees F. they will stop growing. Temperatures above 90 degrees F. can cause blooms to die and drop off.
Plants set fruit that is lime green to orange to red when mature. 60 days to maturity. Scoville rating: 100-1,000
Pepper plants are easily damaged when laden with fruit. Consider loosely tying the plants to stakes to help support the stem. The use of mulch to prevent excessive evaporation from the soil during the dry summer months is helpful. Fruit set is from pale yellow, to orange, to red when mature. 78 days to maturity.
Habanada is a new hybrid pepper created by the Cornell University plant breeder Micheal Mazourek who noticed occasional hot peppers without heat in their breeding experiments. The flavor of these peppers wasn’t desirable and so he bred them with the habanero and after many generation achieved a heatless habanero dubbing it a haba-nada. In 2014 the seeds hit the scene and chefs have been playing with this melon flavored pepper ever since. It’s been extremely rare to find seedlings of this pepper on the market. The flavor, previously veiled behind violent heat, is now revealed to be citrus and reminiscent of melon.
The classic habanero bright orange color is the sign of ripeness. Fruits can be harvested green, but to reach Habanada’s flavor potential, harvest when the 2-3” fruit turn orange.
Enjoy cooking with habanadas and experimenting with this new pepper flavor!