Where does Aji Charapita originates, and where does it grow now?
Aji Charapita (Wild Peruvian Chili Pepper in English) is a famous tropical pepper that was thought to be extinct for over 50 years until it was rediscovered in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, exactly between and along the Ucayali and Amazon rivers, mainly in the regions of Loreto and Ucayali and partly in the regions of Amazon, San Martin and Madre de Dios.
Outside of Peru, fresh Charapitas are almost impossible to get.
There is one Farm in Miami, Florida, Charapita Farms LLC where you can buy not only Charapita products, but also fresh Charapitas which started at the end of 2019 and produces Charapita Peppers in excellent quality and not only supplies the growing US market, but also chefs and gourmets in Europe and Africa (www.charapitafarms.com). The only other Farm besides Charapita Farms in Miami with a small farm production is in Đắk Nông in the central highlands of Vietnam where this chili is called ớt tiêu because of its petite size. There are two more companies, one in India and one in New Zealand, but they are selling only Dried Charapitas, the Kilo (1000 gr / 2.2 lbs) for $ 8,000 USD.
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