Do not let the name chocolate fool you into thinking this is any less hot than your typical habanero. Habaneros are among the hottest peppers in the world. It has a reported Scoville heat rating of 300,000. This variety of Habanero gets its name from the dark color of its fruits. Hot peppers are actually members of the nightshade family with the habanero originating from Cuba. They are great for drying or eating fresh. The easiest way to dry them is to slice them open and hang them outside in th esun or from the ceiling where the hot air collects. “Spice up” your soups or soak them in oil that can be added to your dishes. Hot peppers have long been used as a spice in a variety of ethnic cuisines and are considered to have medicinal properties. Capsaicin, the active principle, releases endorphins that can relieve pain and itching and can be used to “burn” out a cold. It is also used for sore throat, circulatory problems, and problems in the GI tract. It can, however, cause other stomach problems if consumed in excess. We offer several types of habanero seeds, including the Red Savina Habanero, which was formerly the Guiness world record holder for heat.