If it’s not the name of this bright yellow chili which has caught your attention, then its’ flavor will. According to legend, Madame Jeanette was a fiery lady of easy virtue in Paramaribo, which can make you wonder about the spiciness of the chili. If you cook with Madame Jeanette, proceed with caution, but if you know how to handle it, it’s a fantastic flavor. Let it simmer in a stew or make a spicy sambal with it.

What is Madame Jeanette?

These small yellow taste bombs are mainly used in the Surinamese kitchen and a descent from the bell pepper. The Yellow adjuma is very similar to it, but this Mme Jeanette chili is much spicier so beware when buying that you have got the right one. It is an extremely spicy chili so it is better not eat raw unless you make a spicy sambal you use carefully in a dish. Capsium, the substance that makes this spice so hot, hardly dissolves in water, but very good in fat and alcohol. Rinsing with water does not help to take the hot taste away, but milk does. And alcohol, if sufficiently strong, works well.

Cooking with Madame Jeanette

You have to take care when you prepare chillies. When you have sliced ​​chillies and rub your eyes, you can get a burning sensation in your eyes. It is not harmful, but quite uncomfortable. To get it ready for use, remove the stalk and cut the pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pith (spiciest). Now, the chili is ready for use. Because of the hot taste, it is commonly used to give flavor to a stew by adding it as a whole and removing it before consumption.

Is fresh chili healthy?

The taste is so hot because it contains capsaicin, which causes your airways will open. That and the fact that it’s full of vitamin C makes it a healthy condiment.


In a cool, dry place you can keep chillies for about a week. They can dry in a little bit after that. You can still use them, but they are slightly less spicy.

In The Netherlands you can buy Belicious Madame Jeanette at supermarkets and exotic groceries.

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