Discovering The Delights Of The Habanero Hot Sauce


by Lenore Bolton


Most of the dishes need a sauce or side dish to complete it. Food gets an extra tang when you add a dash of sauce. The most popular sauces are Worcestershire sauces, tomato sauces and chili sauces. Habanero hot sauce belongs to the chilly variety but is very spicy. The citrus fruity flavor has made it an obvious choice for spicy foods and hot sauces.

The spice is originally from Mexico and the Spaniards helped to spread it throughout the world sometime in 1800s. Habanero is grown also in Panama, Columbia, and Costa Rico, parts of California, Idaho, Ecuador, Belize and Texas. Yucatecan food depends on this spice a lot and it is consumed in raw or salsa form.

The ingredients required for the sauce are 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar quarter cup, quarter cup of lime juice, onions cut into shreds less than 1 cup, about 6 habanero peppers, 1 cup diced carrots, tomatoes cut into big pieces, 5 garlic pods mashed and quarter cup of water. Salt is added as required. Pepper which is freshly ground is used. One could also add pineapple slices or oranges according to taste.

For making the sauce one heats a little bit of oil in a skillet. When warm, carrots are added. Upon cooking, the onion, habaneros and garlic is added. Keep on stirring till they are all done. Once they are all cooked, they are removed from the stove and placed aside to cool.

Not put the entire thing into a blender and whisk it till you get a homogenous paste. If the mixture is too thick you may add some water. To make the sauce thick you could add gram flour or pulses while blending. Add the lime juice and vinegar and give it one more whirl.

It is interesting to note that some alcoholic drinks are spiked with these spices. This adds a punch to the drink. Gourmets adore these for the unique citrus flavor and the heat. Black varieties are made which are more robust and take longer to grow. They will preserve for a long time in the powdered form.

Unripe fruits are usually green and on ripening they will turn into many colors including brown, white, red, orange and pink. The size of the fruit is between 2.5 to 6 centimeters in length. In the Scoville scale used to rate heat of the spice it is rated in the range of 100,000 to 350,000 which makes it exceptionally hot.

The habanero hot sauce like the name implies has a lot of heat. One needs to be careful when handling these as they could easily burn the skin of your hands. Many people use gloves while cutting and preparing them. For best quality peppers one should grow them in hot and dry conditions. Avoid overuse of water since this will result in very bitter peppers. Being perennial they bear fruit all year round in tropics. In temperate zones they die out in the cold season and one replants them in summer.




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