This Peruvian hot pepper is a delicious culinary that goes well in a variety of sauces and salsas, as well as in meat or vegetable dishes. It's fresh and fruity flavors bring a unique addition to dishes, and it is rated between 30,000 and 75,000 SHU on the Scoville Heat Scale, placing it between Mild Hot and Hot on the scale.
Hot Pepper - Aji Amarillo
- Planting: Plant seedlings in fertile in full, direct sun in well-drained soil (can be amended with compost or worm castings 2 weeks before planting). Wait until nightly temperatures are above 60°F to plant your seedlings out into your garden. Space your plants 12 to 18 inches apart. For greater production, consider growing the peppers under a light row cover or greenhouse plastic, under a garden cloche, or in 5 gallon pots (or larger) inside a greenhouse, as these peppers LOVE hot summers.
Watering: Water seedlings fequently and deeply when first planted to prevent transplant shock. Once plant is well established, stick to a consistent watering schedule.
Harvesting: You can harvest fruits from the plant at any age to get a better feeling for the varying flavor profile of the peppers as they ripen, but for fully developed flavors and heat wait to harvest until the fruit turns a golden yellow orange. It is highly recommended to harvest or pinch off the first few fruits or buds you see to encourage greater budding and fruiting.