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  • Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper
  • Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper
  • Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper
  • Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper
  • Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper

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Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper (10 seeds) (HPP221) $4.00

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Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper

         
 
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Selling for very high prices to Lima’s best chefs, this pepper is the most expensive in the world! The north Peruvian jungle native is a wild bushy plant which produces hundreds of hot, small (.25 inch), round Tepin-like peppers. The pepper has a distinct fruity, citrus aroma and is equal in heat to a cayenne pepper. Due to its rarity and hefty prices, it is often known as the "Mother of All Chilis" and is very hard to source outside of Peru. We are happy here at Baker Creek to bring such an amazing pepper to light! Used fresh, this tiny pepper is known to have a strong fruity flavor that gives salsas and sauces a unique tropical taste. More often, it is used as powder for various dishes. Baker Creek's Shannie McCabe and Deb Vlietstra found this variety growing in a pot in a Peruvian friend's house. Indeed, the Aji Charapita is a popular house plant in Peru, where the delicious peppers are harvested as needed right in the kitchen.
 
Aji Charapita - Hot Pepper
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 16
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

87.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Kristin
Location:
AUGUSTA, GA, United States
Date:
December 9, 2018
          5.0
 
Fierce little peppers
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Flavor, heat, novelty

What are the cons? None

Review:

These plants grew despite my best efforts! I had unexpected travel this spring and pretty much abandoned these little plants to the elements. In this case, spring downpours and a hot SE Georgia summer. I left them on the back porch and watered only when I felt exceptionally guilty. Despite the maltreatment come July they were still thriving so I plopped them in a 3, 5, and 10 gallon pots and gave them some TLC (regular watering and some organic plant food sticks). They produced handfuls of little orange peppers and the taste is amazing. Spicy but flavorful, very aromatic in soups and stews. Place one or two in a dish and press the oil out with the back of a spoon and they elevate any dish! The plants continued to produce until the first week in December. I just harvested all of the orange and green berries and dried them in a dehydrator. Delicious green as well. I will definitely grow these again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Chile Mike
Location:
Seattle, WA, United States
Date:
October 23, 2018
          5.0
 
So Many Peppers
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Great germination rate

What are the cons? Takes forever to pick a plant

Review:

Grew two Aji Carapita plants in an ebb and flow hydroponic system. Started them indoors in late February 2017, and moved them outdoors in early May. Had great growth at first but we had somewhat of a heatwave in July such that the nutrients were consistently in the upper 80s to low 90s. Saw a lot of leaf loss and unripe fruit rejection. Once temperatures got back down to mid-70s growth resumed and fruit started setting. Did not really start getting ripe fruit until mid to late September. All fruit was ripe by mid October. Between the two plants I got about 4 lbs of peppers, which I’m estimating more than 6000 peppers. Probably took me more 8 hours to pick both plants. Really neat looking plant and peppers pack a surprising amount of heat with really nice fruit and citrus notes. I’ve been pickling and dehydrating these so I can enjoy them all winter. Can’t wait until next year to grow more of these!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ryan
Location:
Elizabethtown, PA, United States
Date:
October 19, 2018
          5.0
 
Awesome pepper
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Great flavor...

What are the cons? Lower germination rate

Review:

Awesome pepper to grow. Very prolific with production... Out of the packet of seeds, I had 9 viable plants that germinated and grew...(1 of which did die later due to our weather in PA this summer...) So out of 8 plants, I easily had 800-1000 of these little peppers. (No kidding....I really did) Flavor is awesome!!! Kind of a citrus flavor I think in them... The heat kicks in IMMEDIATELY upon biting into the pepper... Not like other chilies that take 30 seconds to build up heat...this is instant! Heat lasts for 2 minutes or so, then dissapates. Really good ..has become my new favorite hot pepper to grow. Does take some time to mature...I had ripe peppers back in late July early Aug...but only a few. Most matured in late Sept/October. Wish I could find someone to buy some and take advantage on the high price for these, as I have so many lol.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kev
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
October 11, 2018
          5.0
 
Aji Charapita
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Fantastic flavor,

What are the cons? Later to mature

Review:

I love this pepper. Flavor reminds me of habanero but it’s fruitier, more complex, and the heat isn’t as intense (It still packs some heat). I had some issues germinating it but once it was in the ground and the heat came it took off. It took a while mature to orange but I’ve been harvesting them for over a month, and hey this is Chicago. We’ll see how it handles the cooler weather. I’m putting this in my regular rotation!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Buck shot
Location:
Wapato, WA, United States
Date:
October 9, 2018
          4.0
 
Great peppers
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Very tasty

What are the cons? Hard to pick or harvest

Review:

I love these peppers! They have a great flavor and the heat is perfect. They are great in stir fry and other dishes.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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