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Aji Charapita (s)

Aji Charapita (Chilli seeds)
speciesCapsicum chinense
varietyAji Charapita
heat [SHU]30,000 - 50,000
average length x diameter [mm]6 x 6
average fruit weight [g]0.21
average plant height x diameter [cm]140 x 70
originPeru

fruit:

  • round or slightly oval, yellow-orange peppers
  • strong fruity citrus scent
  • fruits of just a couple of millimeters in size surprise with a strong heat

plant:

  • tall and richly branched bush
  • double the size of Aji Charapita Small
  • shape similar to Ficus benjamin
  • smaller, light green, slightly grooved leaves
  • small, white coloured flowers
  • one plant grows hundreds of peppers

cultivation:

  • temperature above 24°C and mild humidity of the substrate should be maintained for germination
  • ideally in a glass or plastic green-house with a good ventilation
  • may be cultivated both outdoors and indoors
  • sustains well through occasional lack of moisture

use:

  • fresh peppers may be confected, pickled or added into mixtures
  • while cooking, the unique tropical taste of these peppers really shines in salsa and sauces
  • frequently used dried, crushed or ground
  • Aji Charapita powder is similar in heat to Cayenne pepper

curiosities:

  • supposedly the most expensive chilli pepper in the world
  • fruits resemble Indian pepper, Tepin
  • originated in the northern jungle of Peru
  • thanks to its rarity it is referred to as "the Mother of all chilli peppers"

synonyms:

  • Charapilla
  • Tettinas de Monk
  • Wild Peruvian chilli pepper

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