Aji Pineapple: A Tropical Twist to Your Pepper Collection
If you’re looking to add a tropical flair to your pepper garden, Aji Pineapple seeds are a must-try. This Capsicum baccatum variety is a South American native that has found its way into North American gardens and for good reason. It’s not just the name that’s tropical; this pepper brings a unique pineapple-like flavor that’s both tart and citrusy.
Flavor and Uses
The Aji Pineapple is a medium-heat pepper, clocking in at around 20,000-30,000 SHUs on the Scoville scale. That’s similar to a serrano but with a much more complex flavor profile. It’s not just heat; it’s a burst of tropical, citrusy goodness that makes it perfect for medium-heat hot sauces or even a spicy pineapple salsa. If you’re a fan of other medium-heat peppers like the Jalapeño or Poblano, these seeds will be a delightful addition to your repertoire.
This chili is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Its unique flavor makes it ideal for a range of dishes, from hot sauces to salsas, and even as a base for fermented sauces. If you’re looking to experiment, consider pairing it with, arguably nearly identical Lemon Drop and identify the difference. They both work well for our family citrus pepper jelly, an easy but memorable Christmas gift.
One of the best things about the Aji Pineapple is its productivity. These plants are known to be highly prolific, often producing enough peppers to spice up countless meals. If you’ve had success with other Capsicum baccatum varieties like the Aji Amarillo or Sugar Rush Peach, you’ll find this to be an easy grow. The peppers are typically 2-3 inches long and ripen from dark green to a vibrant yellow, making them not only delicious but also visually appealing.