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chinense Is there a favored Mexican orange habanero?

thoroughburro

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I’m looking for a vigorous, productive orange habanero from Mexico, ideally Yucatán, with loads of classic “standard orange habanero” flavor. The problem is that “orange habanero” is a really generic term; I can’t rely on just that to be a single variety across vendors or even really from one vendor year on year.

This year, I tried Habanero Oxkutzcabense (or Oxkutzcabian, PI 438629) from Refining Fire Chiles, but they have an entirely different flavor to “orange habanero”. No dice for the sauce I’m developing.

Next year, I’m trying Habanero Mexican Orange (PI 435918) from Semillas La Palma, which is the only other specific, Mexican variety I see on my usual seed sites… I don’t want all my eggs in one basket, though, so I’ll probably grow at least one other if possible.

It doesn’t help that many pepper enthusiasts dislike the standard orange habanero, but hopefully someone out there has a favorite. I want to maintain my own seeds, so please exclude F1 hybrids. Thanks!!
 

The Hot Pepper

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How about a vendor from MX?
 
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ahayastani

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How about a vendor from MX?

Don't...


Not much habanero in my region, although there are a few recent local agricultural projects that focus on the commerical cultivation of habanero (hybrids, I guess).

In my opinion, the "old" USDA genebank accessions are a safer bet than trying to source new seeds (mixed with hybrids). CICY in Yucatan has an interesting breeding program and they sell seeds of some varieties as well.
 
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The Hot Pepper

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backing up homer simpson GIF
 
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ahayastani

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No Boss, makes perfect sense what you said. But seeing things from the "other side" of the border, I wouldn't rely on MX pepper seed vendors. You can have some luck with local landraces though, if you find a trustworthy source. The chile rayado that is grown by various forum members is such an example. But I still have to find a reliable TejasHotPepper or Blanco Hot Peppers...

I don't want to imply that the "MX seed scene" is a mess - I've had good luck with many cactus and fruit species - just that there's work to be done in the pepper scene :)
 
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This year, I tried Habanero Oxkutzcabense (or Oxkutzcabian, PI 438629) from Refining Fire Chiles, but they have an entirely different flavor to “orange habanero”. No dice for the sauce I’m developing.

Other than not being what you were looking for, how is the Oxkutzcabense? Nice flavor?

It is interesting that we have many yellow Jamaican scotch bonnet varieties, or even Jalapeño varieties, but orange habanero is just orange habanero at most seed vendors. Maybe seeds from Lowe's or Walmart would be fine in this case?
 
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thoroughburro

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Other than not being what you were looking for, how is the Oxkutzcabense? Nice flavor?

It’s a very interesting variety. The fruitiness can’t be overstated. It’s one of those peppers that you smell when watering or just brushing past the leaves: that strange mango sweetness just bursts from the plants. A lot of that comes through in the peppers themselves. I tasted them here and here, and I think they would be really good as a fresh-use pepper or maybe good in a fruity sauce.

Vigorous, very productive, I can’t help but recommend it if the flavor profile sounds appealing!
 
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I also miss the old fashioned orange habanero flavor...a lot of people hate it, but I love it! The oxkutzcabense (sp?) was a disappointment for me, certainly not bad at all, but not the flavor I was hoping. I got a standard orange as well from the same source but it doesn't seem to have the same characteristics as the ones I used to grow a decade or more ago. I recently bought some from the CPI at NMSU, hopefully they are the good old fashioned variety with compact growth and strong distinct flavor and aroma.
 
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Is this the type of growth habit your looking for? The plant was over wintered and has remained this compact 'umbrella' shape.
I'm not familiar with various types of orange habanero as I just started growing them last year. Its very fruity and hot though.
 

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In the last few years, I have grown around 100+ varieties every season, searching for the best flavors. And for me, the Oxkutzcabian Orange is in my top 10 list :). Absolutely fantastic flavor, that sort of reminds me more of sugar rush peach than an orange habanero.
And a very productive plant too!
 
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Now I’m curious to hear your full top 10 list.
It changes daily, but some of my favorites eaten fresh are Oxkutzcabian Orange, Sugar Rush Peach / Peppapeach, different scotch bonnets, Cumari do Para, Fatalii, Bhut Jolokia White, Yellow Naga (Drax) and many others

I love sweet/tropical/fruity c.chinense without any chemical/bitterness. All of these are yellow, white, peach and also around habanero heat +/-

When dried or used in fermented sauces etc the list changes a lot. I really love dried powder from red superhots
 
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