Scotch bonnet chillies
These wonderful chillies are a staple of Caribbean cooking. Similar to habaneros, they have an incredible fruity flavour but are fiery hot – most have a heat rating of 150,000-325,000 Scovilles, compared to jalapenos, which have a rating of 2,500-8,000. So-called because of its resemblance to the Scottish tam o’shanter hat, Scotch Bonnets can be chopped up (with or without seeds depending on how brave you are!) or kept whole to give flavour and some heat, without blowing your head off. They also form the basis of a very hot pepper sauce, a condiment eaten with most dishes, however spicy those dishes already are. Handily, Scotch Bonnets are now available in most supermarkets, even if they sometimes originate from Holland and not the sunny islands!