What are the pros? Robust and gorgeous plant
What are the cons? Finicky germination
Belonging to the species C. chinense, Aji Chombo does take some effort to properly germinate. Gorgeous plant with compact and stocky growing pattern. Despite the size (in this case, 2.5 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide) it requires no staking. Production is fair. First flush generated 15 fruits and the second flush is ripening now and it looks like it would be around 30 pods. Speaking of the pods, these specimens are among the most gorgeous I have ever seen. Glossy surface, light red, and slightly wrinkled. Very fruity aroma, almost likely candy. Taste is sweet and very fruity and the heat is very pronounced. In terms of heat, think potent Habanero with more backbone and is superb in hot sauces...both fermented and cooked. Will definitely be a staple in my garden.
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