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25 July 2017

SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS: 80,000-100,000 SHU

Capsicum Baccatum

The Aji Cito chili pepper is possibly the hottest of the Capsicum Baccatum peppers at around 100,000 Scovilles.

It originates in Peru and bears some physical resemblance to the Lemon Drop chili.

The prolific plants are easy to grow and produce many fruits throughout the summer that grow to about 2 inches long and ½ inch wide with a tapered shape.

They mature from green to a beautiful yellowish-orange with a somewhat citrusy flavor, excellent when used fresh in salad or salsa, and delicious when dried or powdered.

Aji Cito Chili Pepper
Aji Cito Chili Pepper

Learn more about aji chili peppers.

Other Varieties Aji Chili Peppers

There are many different strains of Peruvian aji peppers, but here are links to some of the most popular:

Aji Pepper Recipes

Here are a number of recipes I have created that celebrate the heat and flavor of aji chili peppers.

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