Aji Dulce Pepper
Cachucha / Aji Dulce Pepper
days to maturity: 60 - 210 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: spider mites & white fly
harvest notes: pick peppers as they mature to encourage new buds to form.
scoville heat units: 1,000 - 5,000
Aji Dulce, cachucha or ajicito, 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 flavor. In the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, ají dulce or ajicito is grown commercially and is an important ingredient for sauces, such as recaíto, sofrito, and mojito isleño (a fish or meat sauce), as well as stews, rice, and a great variety of local dishes.