Plants grow from Aji Charapita pepper seeds reach about 24-36″ in height in a bush like form. The tiny peppers start out a dark green and mature into that beautiful orange. Pods have a shiny skin and feature a sharp heat that hits almost instantly when you bite into one. Aji Charapita can be used fresh or dried. Pairs excellent with chicken or fish. Excess peppers can be dehydrated and stored whole or ground into powder. The Aji Charapita pepper seeds are one of the many native chilis of Peru. The word Aji simply means “pepper” and you’ll see it used in the name of several other peppers grown near that geographical location. There are rumors floating around the internet that due to scarcity, and being sought after by gourmet chefs, a kilo of dried powder of these peppers can sell for upwards of $20,000. I can’t verify that statement but having harvested them I could understand why the price could be high for these tiny peppers. On average it takes me about 20 minutes to harvest an entire plant. Hence the reason some people spell it Aji CharaPITA. You may also be interested in our Aji Lemon pepper seeds.
Starting Aji Charapita Pepper Seeds
Unless you live in a climate that is warm year-round, starting pepper seeds indoors is recommended. Plant at a depth of 1/4″ in sterile, moist seed starting mix. Place the sown seeds in a warm area, over 75F, for the best germination rate. The use of a humidity dome over the sown seeds will ensure they don’t dry out before germination occurs. Once the seedlings break the surface of the soil be sure to provide a bright source of light to ensure they don’t stretch and become “leggy”. Light coming in a window is rarely sufficient for proper growth. Even a south facing window is usually not enough. Providing light from a fluorescent or LED fixture over the top of your sprouts will ensure proper growth. If you’re new to growing peppers from seed we recommend you take a look at our guide on starting pepper plants indoors.