HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >


scotch bonnet peppers-nyc

Does anyone know where i can get fresh scotch bonnet peppers in nyc?

Learning how to make authentic jerk....and before i use the concentrated walkerswood i thought i would use the fresh....

any thoughts?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Real Scotch Bonnets have ironically gotten scarcer as habaneros have become the main, mainstream ueber-hot chile - I haven't seen them in Manhattan - I don't know the West Indian neighborhood(s) in Brooklyn, so can't help you there..

    Habaneros are close enough unless you're looking for ultra-authenticity, and are pretty widely available these days. Fairway, Garden of Eden, Amish, probably Whole Foods, and any other grocery having "gourmet" pretensions. Even a lot of miscellaneous corner groceries have them these days.

    1 Reply
    1. re: MikeG

      wondering, do you think there is a serious difference between the tast of the habenero and scotch bonnet? they are the same chile species, look alike and both have the characteristic intense fruity smoky flavor, in addition to their heat. Id have no hesitation buying them interchangeably for a jerk recipe. Any supermarket in a neighborhood catering to west indians or latinos is likely to sell one or the other. they ARE variable though - I got a batch of scotch bonnets in my local Pros Hts supermarket last year with very little flavor.

    2. i saw them recently at the manhattan fruit exchange in chelsea market

      1. Any vegetable stand in a Caribbean neighborhood will have them.

        1. c- town on 12 and c and Garden of eden. (call first)

          1. Whole Foods. At least it was sold there earlier this year when I picked some up.

            1. I also saw them at Whole Foods. You may want to try the Union Square farmer's market on Saturdays. Even if you don't find them, it's great fun!

              1. thanks keep yuou posted.
                i am not far from the 12/c location

                1. Saw them at Fairway within the past couple of weeks, but don't know for sure that they're still there.

                  1. I believe I saw them at Essex Street Market, NYC

                    1. where is essex street market?

                      1. in lower Manhattan on Essex Street off Delancy

                        1. I just saw some at the grocery store in Chelsea market.

                          1. "Saw them at Fairway within the past couple of weeks,"

                            I can't remember the last time they had Scotch Bonnets. Habaneros, which are similar but not precisely the same, they have all the time, more or less.

                            1. They were at Union Square Whole Foods last night.

                              1. I was going to suggest Essex St market as well. I think scotch bonnets have a much better flavor to their heat than habaneros, maybe I'm crazy. I go to the big Han Ah Reum in Lodi, NJ, and they sell big plastic boxes full of scotch bonnets (and serranos and Vietnamese reds) for less than $3. The Han Ah Reum on 32nd doesn't have them, though...I checked two days ago.