VEGETABLE HOT CHILLI PEPPER AJI CHARAPITA

An extremely rare find originating from the north Peruvian jungle native, this is a wild bushy plant which produces hundreds of very hot, small (.25 inch), round Tepin-like peppers.

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VEGETABLE HOT CHILLI PEPPER  AJI CHARAPITA 

VEGETABLE HOT CHILLI PEPPER  AJI CHARAPITA. An extremely rare find originating from the north Peruvian jungle native, this is a wild bushy plant which produces hundreds of very 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.  Its a favourite as a fresh finishing spice for rice dishes, fish, and chicken. And the aji charapita’s fruity flavour adds a nice tropical touch to salsas and sauces.

 These seeds are supplied directly from the commercial producer and fresh from the latest harvest.

 Cultivation Advice VEGETABLE HOT CHILLI PEPPER  AJI CHARAPITA

  • Germination requires constant soil temperatures of between 25-28C. In the UK it is best to supply bottom heat with the aid of a propagation mat or propagator. The seed is unlikely to germinate without additional help in an average UK central heated house.
  • Soil based compost is best and should be fine and free-draining.
  • Germination in 14-21 days, patience is required.
  • Sow from Feb onwards in the UK indoors with heat provided and lightly cover with vermiculite if possible to 1/4in depth.
  • The seed does not require light during germination; however, once the seeds have germinated you need to provide adequate light for the seedlings.
  • If intending to move to a cooler conservatory or greenhouses in early summer gradually acclimatise the plants both to the higher light levels and temperatures.
  • Please note this variety is not suited to outdoor cultivation in the UK at any stage and will not appreciate unheated glasshouses in early spring until the weather warms.