Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Aji Amarillo - A Spectacular Hot Pepper

.Aji Amarillo
A medium hot capsicum baccatum

Imagine a dried apricot crossed with a moderately hot pepper.
Aji Amarillo is a spectacular dried pepper. No wonder
 they're so popular with chili-heads.

The bright orange fruit were 5 to 6 in. long. They turn "amarillo"when roasted or cooked but retain the orange coloration when dried. Aji Amarillo are commonly used in Peruvian cuisine.

 These are the largest pepper plants I've grown - over 6 ft tall - in reality they're too large to plant in a container. They take about 4 months to flower and 6 to 7 months to produce ripe orange peppers.

  Seeds are widely available online.