Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year to highlight. IHA Long-standing member, Chuck Voigt, who has been involved in the selection process for many years explains, "The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on them being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative". herb societies, groups and organization from around the world work together to educate the public about these important herbs throughout the year.
Through 2016, CaJohns will select a different pepper to highlight and will have special pricing on select products featuring that pepper.
Frank Garcia of GNS Spices is credited with the development of the Red Savina Habanero Pepper. It was selectively bred to produce hotter, heavier and larger fruit.
From 1994 to 2006, the Red Savina Habanero Chile held the title of the World’s Hottest Chile Pepper by the Guinness World Book of Records with an average SHU of 248,556. In February 2007, the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) Pepper came along and took over the title.
The Red Savina is twice as hot as your typical habanero. As its’ name suggests, it ripens to a bright red, larger, sweeter pod. The Scotch Bonnet is a close relative.
The Habanero itself is thought to have originated in Cuba. The Red Savina was the first member of Capsicum chinense to be awarded a Plant Variety Protection Permit from the USDA. The extract of the Red Savina is often used in police grade pepper spray, however the chiles themselves are delicious especially in salsas, hot sauces and chutneys. Use sparingly.
ALL OF THESE RED SAVINA HABANERO PRODUCTS ARE ON SALE FROM 11/1/16 - 11/20/16