Rutgers’ Rosebell Red Habanero

Invention Summary:

Rutgers "Rosebell Red" pepper is a unique habanero developed from a field cross between African and Mexican habanero peppers. It has been evaluated at Rutgers research centers in Southern and Central New Jersey between 2010 and 2019.

The "Rosebell Red" was selectively developed based on its unique qualities and consistency over years of breeding, and is ready for release into the market. The "Rosebell Red" is distinct in large fruit size, wall firmness and attractive rosebell-like fruit shape. It  has a notable bright glossy red color. The sauce produced from this pepper was found to have excellent flavor and consistency by the Rutgers Dining Services. The prepared sauce can be considerably hot with Scoville heat unit (SHU) between 100 and 200K, which is perfect for preparation of a moderate heat sauce. 

Market Applications:

  • Fresh produce
  • Production of hot sauce


  • Large fruit size, 
  • Firm fruit wall and good aesthetics
  • Excellent hot sauce flavor and consistency
  • Heat level ranges from 100-200K Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Intellectual Property & Development Status: Available for licensing.

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Deborah Perez
Associate Director, Physical Sciences & Ag
Rutgers University