ha·​ba·​ne·​ro | \ˌ(h)ä-bə-ˈn(y)er-ō \
variants: or less commonly habañero

Definition of habanero 

: a very hot roundish chili pepper (Capsicum chinense) that is usually orange when mature

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While Roman gets creative with decorating, Metzger is the mastermind behind their scones and cookies, including more than 30 varieties of specialty flavors such as white chocolate habanero and butter beer. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "1 part talent + 1 part quirky = bakery success for Crumby Art in Elm Grove," 25 May 2018 Bran-Leis is a fan of serrano, whose heat is between a jalapeño and habanero. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how to skip the jar and make a fresh salsa that’s right for you," 1 May 2018 Try 10 variations of it — including marshmallow and habanero — for a limited time only. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Tap in for Louisville Craft Beer Week with these 5 events," 16 Oct. 2017 The beer tastes of lemon and cucumbers and — I’ll be darned — berries, owing to the habaneros. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bottles: Pickle beer is here. It was only a matter of time," 9 July 2018 Top it with a scattering of their red onion and habanero mixture and a few hits of lime and salsa . Ben Mesirow, latimes.com, "Head to this Mexicali-style taco truck in East L.A. for barbacoa-stuffed vampiros and fresh flour tortillas," 2 July 2018 Flavors are expanding beyond dusty stalwarts like pineapple to include kalamata olive, habanero chile or cumin. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 Most of the six burgers offered are classics, but each one is a double, including the ghost pepper jack cheeseburger with spicy homemade pickles and chipotle habanero slaw. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "House-ground burgers, sausage planned at new Mass Ave. restaurant Krueger's Tavern," 19 June 2018 Bowls can be finished with sauces made from scratch and crunchy bits like spicy habanero crystals or toasted sesame seeds. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Poke Fresh brings Hawaiian cuisine to Akron," 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of habanero

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for habanero

American Spanish (chile) habanero, literally, Havanan chili

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