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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: 31
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

90.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Ken
Location:
Walnut Shade, MO, United States
Date:
October 15, 2019
          5.0
 
Worth growing
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Wonderful flavor, mid heat

What are the cons? Needs a longer season.

Review:

I usually manage to like only about 20% of the plants I grow from Bakers Creek. However, this is one of the ones that keeps me trying again. These little peppers are my favorite out of the $95.00 worth of Bakers seeds I got there this year. They are just the right size for one or two chopped up in a bowl of soup or salsa. The flavor is really nice, fruity, citrus that is not over-powered by the heat. My only complaint is the yield. Out of 6 plants that grew from the 10 or so seeds I got in the package, my entire yield for the year ( southern Missouri, not far from Bakers Creek ) fits inside a small bowl (minus the hand-full I have used this summer). Our first frost last week dropped all the leaves leaving a bunch of green peppers that would have about tripled my harvest had they ripened a bit longer. I'm going to try to re-pot and keep a couple of plants inside. I will gladly plant this again next year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
RAC
Location:
Detroit, MI, United States
Date:
October 9, 2019
          5.0
 
Unique Pepper
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Unique. Great flavor

What are the cons? Finicky germination

Review:

This was a strange growing season in SE Michigan. It was quite cold well into June. I started my seeds indoors this year. I had several varieties of peppers that proved to be difficult to start. I am still working on my technique. Using the "wet paper towel" method only yielded a few sprouts from the Aji seeds. I transferred to starter pods and ultimately had just three seedling make it into the ground. Most of my peppers were slow growers throughout June and most of July when we got our first heat wave. This was the "go" signal for my garden and everything took off. My Ajis turned out to be some of the best performers of the season. Lots of peppers. This was the "Season of Hot Sauce" for me and the Aji Hot Sauce was one of my favorites. Heat varies. Some were blazing hot. Citrus and a sort of habanero flavor.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Earthingozarks
Location:
West plains, MO, United States
Date:
October 4, 2019
          5.0
 
Love em
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Many uses

What are the cons? None

Review:

While you must have patience to grow these beauties I believe they are worth the wait. Unique taste and fun to grow and harvest.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
sunrise0820
Location:
Chickasaw, AL, United States
Date:
September 29, 2019
          5.0
 
Citrus Heat
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Its a pretty potted plant.

What are the cons? it takes forever to produce

Review:

I live in the deep south, close to the Gulf of Mexico. I started these seeds in March under lights. I planted them out sometime in May. I have two that survived in pots. They took forever to fruit. I had almost given up. Moving my pots around, they seem to do best in partial shake. About a month ago, I noticed tiny flowers, which are turning into tiny fruit. This morning (Sept 29th), realizing my first pepper was ripe, I thoughtlessly, I threw it into my mouth and bit down. There was a burst of lemony citrus flavor. I was happily surprised that the descriptions were correct! Then, it was followed up rapidly by intense heat. No, not for the faint of heart. Its been 10 minutes and the heat is quickly becoming a memory. I will use these to flavor salsa and pepper sauce. If you're just looking for a bit of heat...then its a lot of effort for a tiny pepper. If you're looking for a surprising citrus flavor, if you create sauces and salsas, these are the ones for you.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Rick
Location:
Fayetteville, GA, United States
Date:
September 27, 2019
          5.0
 
Awesome variety
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? large yield, strong adults

What are the cons? Fragile young, tedious harvest

Review:

These are some of my favorites this year. I have 4 growing in about 8 hours of strong full sun in the South Georgia heat and they're by far our strongest pepper plants, other more exposed spots tended to stunt the plants and affect production(n=10). These seem to like, or tolerate, growing very close together and I've noticed they may perform slightly better close together with some flowering plants proximal to the group(we let our Thai basil go completely to flower for seeds in the same bed and the pollinators were abundant). Definitely would recommend this variety, I started mine indoors and they've been providing since early July going into October.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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