THE AJI CHARAPITA
Aji Charapita pepper is a variety of capsicum chinense from Peru (South America). Many growers consider it a wild origins peppers but is not realy true. This variety is called wild in fact it is very similar to small and round fruit peppers of a domesticated species which includes Mata Frade ,Chupetinho bico roxa, cheiro roxa and more.
HOW HOT IS AJI CHARAPITA ?
Aji Charapita peppers on the Scoville scale reach a value of 100,000 SHU and presenting a medium to high spiciness. but it is its fantastic taste that sets it apart.
GROWING AJI CHARAPITA PEPPER
The newly born plant has a green stem with a slight pubescence. During growth, the pepper plant has an erect posture, low compared to the average but with a very extensive crown: 0.60 m in height and an extension that reaches 0.80 m.
If you are interested in including it in your crop, here is a complete guide on how to grow peppers in pots.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE AJI CHARAPITA
The aji charapita pepper flowers have an erect peduncle. The corolla is entirely white without spots and the anthers are dark blue. The fruit is small 7 mm, erect and rounded. The maturation takes place over 40 days and changes from a light green color to an intense yellow color but no orange.
AJI CHARAPITA IN THE KITCHEN
Aji Charapita pepper have a very pronounced scent and an extremely fruity flavor. It is widely used in cooking, used fresh but especially in powder form, the Aji Charapita is considered the most expensive chili pepper in the world.
This variety of chili peppers of the Capsicum Chinense species has very light yellow, round but very small seeds. If you are interested in growing them, I recommend that you take a look at the guide