Scotch Bonnet Chile Flakes

Scotch Bonnet Chile Flakes
Scotch Bonnet Chile Flakes
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Net Weight:
1.3 oz
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Jamaica is probably most famous for its Reggae music and outstanding track athletes but it's also considered home to the fiery Scotch bonnet chile pepper. From the species of chilie peppers native to the Americas, Capsicum chinense, the Scotch Bonnet chile gets its name from the shape of the pepper that with its squashed appearance resembles a Scotman's bonnet (known as a Tam o'Shanter hat).

The Scotch Bonnet chile is also known as Bahama Mama, the Jamaican Hot, the Bahamian, Martinique pepper, Boabs Bonnet, Scotty Bons, Bonney peppers or Caribbean red peppers.  The Scotch Bonnet chile is grown in the Caribbean islands, Guyana, the Maldives Islands and in Uganda (in east Africa).

While there is no strong proof as to where the Scotch Bonnet chile originated it is believed to be native to Central and South America. The habanero chile is often mistaken for or incorrectly sold as the Scotch bonnet chile and while these are very similar looking and closely related they are not the same.

The Scotch Bonnet chile is often compared to the habanero chile, since they are two varieties of the same species but with different pod types (with the Scotch Bonnet having a wrinkled top and a flattened base). Both the Scotch Bonnet and the habanero chiles have a thin, waxy flesh with a similar heat level and flavor. Where the subtle differences lie is the piquancy (pungent taste and flavor) which varies quite a bit between the two.

The habanero has a fruity, apricot-like flavor and a floral aroma. The Scotch Bonnet isn't quite as hot and is slightly sweeter with a flavor profile that is more reminiscent of tomatoes with hints of apple and cherry while also being slightly smaller. The Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) for the habanero comes in at 150,000 - 325,000 and the SHU for the Scotch Bonnet is 100,000 - 300,000.

The Scotch Bonnet was the first Caribbean chile pepper to become known by its specific name and widely sought after for export. As one of Jamaica's major agricultural exports, the chile is grown in most of the country's fourteen parishes. Jamaica does face numerous challenges with this chile as they are rarely able to meet the high demand for the product in their own country let alone being able to meet the growing international demand for this chile. Our Scotch Bonnets are grown in Uganda.

Scotch Bonnets add flavor to many different cuisines and dishes worldwide and are frequently found in hot sauces and condiments. These chiles are most popular in Barbados Cayman, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and West African cuisine. But it is probably best known for its signature flavor in the Jamaican dishes of jerk chicken and jerk pork.

Our Scotch Bonnet Chile Flakes are the perfect addition to any well stocked kitchen. If you love heat you'll find yourself adding these to everything from eggs and pizza to numerous rubs, soups and stews.

If you're a fan of hard to find chiles then you'll want to check out our Aleppo Chile Pepper, Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles, Aji Amarillo Chiles and Maras Chile Peppers. And if you love the ease of using chile flakes you might enjoy this growing eclectic selection.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.1g0%

Dietary Fiber0.4g2%

Total Sugars0.6g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.9 out of 5
19 total ratings.

Emery J. (Verified buyer) 10/03/2021
Scotch Bonnet Peppers Fantastic heat and flavor, could be packaged better but I wouldn’t hold that against them.

Michael C. (Verified buyer) 07/21/2021
Has some decent heat but Has some decent heat but the flavor just melds the two together.

David A. (Verified buyer) 04/09/2021
Spicy and flavorful, impressed by Spicy and flavorful, impressed by the variety of spices on this site. Have been making my own hot sauces and they have everything I’d want on here 👌🏼

marcus w. (Verified buyer) 07/19/2020
ABSOLUTE FIRE! we have some ABSOLUTE FIRE! we have some bigger plans for them also.

Alford m. (Verified buyer) 12/13/2019
Excellent product..very effective Excellent product..very effective

Mark G. (Verified buyer) 10/12/2019
Addicting flavor These are by far my most favorite pepper flakes, the intense yet manageable heat combined with the hint of fruity flavor has me pouring puny piles of partially pulverized peppers down my gullet. I enjoy them often.

Brandon F. (Verified buyer) 09/15/2019
Scotch bonnet Awesome flavor, plenty of spice.

Ausmus M. (Verified buyer) 06/10/2019
Great Find Scotch Bonnets are maybe the best pepper for flavor and heat in concoctions from stews, to mushroom ragu, to curried goat. Having them dried as chile flakes is the perfect convenience. Highly recommend as that additional layer of complexity, spice, in almost anything.

Karen C. (Verified buyer) 02/10/2019
Love it Very spicy and very flavorful. Has an authentic Jamaican Scotch bonnet flavor, which I love.

Greg P. (Verified buyer) 09/24/2018
Good fresh flakes It was wonderful to find scotch bonnets. Delightful in my spicy recipies.
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