The Peruvian Pepper Problem

I’ve recently been researching Peruvian recipes to try out at home. This includes some of the greats: Causa Rellena, Aji de Gallina and Ceviche. I got myself all excited and can’t wait to start.

But I have noticed that there is one predominant Peruvian ingredient in almost every recipe, which is very hard to find…

Aji amarillo

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Translated as “yellow pepper”, but not at all the sort that us Brits are familiar with, aji amarillo is a cross between a chilli and a pepper, with a hot, fruity taste. It’s native to South America, but mainly found in Peru, and is a key ingredient in many Peruvian dishes.

Now, from the Peruvian food that I experienced, not a lot of it was hot, but a lot of it would have included these amarillo babies. They are used so discreetly, to give sauces and potatoes a little kick, and whilst the yellow chilli peppers turn orange with age, they give food a gorgeous yellow colour.

Being far away from the home of the peppers, the best I can hope for is aji amarillo paste or powder (used a lot in the US). 

BUT WHERE DO I GET IT FROM?! I know I can substitute them with something else, for sure, but I’m giving myself a challenge: to hunt down and buy aji amarillo paste!

If anyone finds them, please let me know, but I’m going to be hunting these babies down…

 

 

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4 responses to “The Peruvian Pepper Problem

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  3. Hi there, we grow them in peru and ship to the UK. We are currently talking to retailers to stock them nationally. I believe that this will become the next big thing in chillies as its so universal ~ great for salsas, sauces, salads and all cooking methods. spread the word.
    contact me jon@barfoots.co.uk

    • Hi Jon, thanks for letting me know! I’m keen to get my hands on them, currently searching for them in London with little joy.
      Had a quick look at your site, when I’m next around Chicester I may drop by. Good luck with the retailers!

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