Ají Panca

Ají Panca


Scientific Classification

Capsicum Chinense

Heat rating in Scovilles:

1000 – 1500

Also known as Peruvian red pepper, the Aji Panca is the second most common pepper in Peru and frequently used in the Peruvian cuisine. The Aji Panca measures 3 to 5 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches across. It has thick flesh and fruity overtones.

This pepper matures from green and yellow to a dark red burgundy color. It is very mild and if deseeded and deveined is considered to have no heat but is instead used for its flavor and color. It can mostly be found dried as a whole chile pepper, prepared into a paste or ground.

TASTE: Aji Panca has a berry like, fruity flavor and an aromatic, smoky taste with a mild lingering heat.

CULINARY USES: Aji Panca is often used to season seafood, rice dishes, soups and sauces.

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