SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS: 80,000-100,000 SHU
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.
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 Chili Peppers Main Page
- Aji Amarillo
- Lemon Drop
- Aji Fantasy
- Aji Limo
- Aji Pineapple
- Aji Panca
- Aji Cito
- Aji Habanero
Aji Pepper Recipes
Here are a number of recipes I have created that celebrate the heat and flavor of aji chili peppers.