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scotch bonnet peppers-nyc

namreb Oct 30, 2006 02:41 AM

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. ballulah Dec 9, 2006 08:53 PM

    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.

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      j1234 Dec 5, 2006 03:31 PM

      They were at Union Square Whole Foods last night.

      1. MikeG Dec 3, 2006 02:04 AM

        "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.

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          josheva Dec 1, 2006 02:10 AM

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

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            marlie202 Nov 28, 2006 12:36 PM

            in lower Manhattan on Essex Street off Delancy

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              namreb Nov 28, 2006 02:37 AM

              where is essex street market?

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                marlie202 Nov 27, 2006 06:23 PM

                I believe I saw them at Essex Street Market, NYC

                1. JoanN Nov 18, 2006 07:43 PM

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

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                    namreb Nov 18, 2006 07:35 PM

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

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                      josheva Nov 11, 2006 10:43 PM

                      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!

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                        gloriousfood Nov 3, 2006 09:12 PM

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

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                          EmmaLF Nov 3, 2006 07:03 PM

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

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                            KRS Oct 30, 2006 11:49 PM

                            Any vegetable stand in a Caribbean neighborhood will have them.

                            1. ericalloyd Oct 30, 2006 07:20 PM

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

                              1. MikeG Oct 30, 2006 03:33 PM

                                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.

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                                1. re: MikeG
                                  jen kalb Nov 28, 2006 08:32 PM

                                  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.

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