Pepper: Sweet Pepper 'Capsicum chinense' Ajicito Dulce 100 seeds

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Ají dulce is any of a variety of sweet perennial peppers found in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is most widely known in Venezuela where it refers to a specific native variety of Capsicum chinense related to the habanero, but with a much milder, smoky flavour.

In Venezuela, the "ají dulce" is a key ingredient in the preparation of the paramount dish of the Venezuelan cuisine, the Hallaca; and one of the cornerstones of the national cuisine.

In Puerto Rico, the "ají dulce" or "ajicito" (colloquially, "ajice") is grown commercially and is an important ingredient for sauces, such as recaíto, sofrito or "mojito isleño" (a fish or meat sauce).

The fruit of aji dulce can be used green or ripe, and it can be seeded and frozen for use over the winter, a technique that also preserves its rich flavor much better than drying. It is a small, light green pepper that turns red (or yellow) if left long enough on the plant. It has the shape and size of a habanero pepper without the intense heat. In the tropics, this plant can grow as a perennial, although most of the commercial production is with annual systems.

Package contains 100 seeds. Open pollinated. Packed for 2016 season.