Really interesting pdf! Thanks for that. Very interesting to see the main varieties they use, although ive Heard they have more than 200 varieties, most of which are probably regional and uncommon. The Aji Limo photo above does indeed look a lot like the Arnaucho variety in the book but a bit longer and more pointed,in the book they look like the ones I found in Cusco. That photo is from a breeder called Seaspring seeds so Im not sure where the seeds are derived from. I bought Arnaucho Ajis in Lima and they look similar but quite a lot smaller and more squat.I remember them as pretty mild, whereas Seasprings variety was reasonably hot at 35,000 SHU. See my photo below.
Also, Aji Mochero is much longer and larger and tasted different, actually much less flavour than the Arnaucho, so I didnt save the seeds, but it might also be the way they were grown.
I am growing my Arnaucho seeds now and the plants look the same as the Limo, probably, at the least the genetics are very similar. The leaves are slightly Lime green with strong stalks.
Aji Maqusari left and Aji Arnaucho right.
Both ripen teventually to red but go through that partially purple immature phase. However I wouldnt be surprised if they had different colours or even varieties named as the same, as the genetics control is possibly not so strict. I have certainly seen several varieties of Labelled Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca in Peru.
Edited by jonnyb, 08 June 2018 - 05:57 PM.