Aji Charapita Hot Pepper Seed

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The most expensive pepper in the world! Aji Charapita peppers sell for $25,000 per kilo to Lima’s best chefs, and are nearly impossible to find outside of Peru. A Tepin-like pepper with a distinctly fruity citrus aroma, equal in heat to a cayenne. Thin-skinned peppers turn yellow when ripe and continue producing for two months once they get going. Used fresh, gives salsas and sauces a unique tropical taste. More often, it is used in powdered form.
Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 15-21 days
  • Days to maturity: 100
  • Start indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost. Sow ¼” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 3’
  • Sow outdoors: Not recommended.
  • Produce size: About the size of a pea
  • Yield: Up to 200 peppers per plant
  • Mature plant height: 30-36”
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Year of discovery: Unknown; originates from the Peruvian jungle

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