The charapita chilli

“Charapitas have been popular in Peruvian cooking since the time of the Incas”

 “Charapitas have been popular in Peruvian cooking since the time of the Incas”

It may be small, but the charapita chilli or ‘aji charapita’ as it is known in Peru is not to be underestimated. With a Scoville Heat range of between 30,000 to 50,000, it packs a fierce punch. Aji charapa (sp.Capsicum chinense) or charapita is a bushy shrub which produces masses of small, green - maturing to yellow - round peppers. It is native to Peru.

It grows wild in the jungle and has only recently begun to be cultivated for commercial purposes. In Peru it has been used since the time of the Incas. The ripe fruit was simply pierced or squeezed and the juice utilised as a piquant finishing spice on food.

 

But despite its fiery heat, the Charapita has an unexpected aromatic taste that can adds to and improves the flavour of any dish. These chillies also bring many health benefits. Their capsaicinoids (the active component that gives these chillies their heat) can help improve digestion and circulation when consumed as part of a balanced diet.

Ingredients for the Charapita Hot Chilli Sauce are sourced from communities surrounding the cities of Iquitos and Pucallpa in northern Peru. It’s there that you’ll find the charapita is a much-loved addition to many recipes –the ultimate ingredient to make chicken, fish and rice dishes irresistibly delicious.

 

Working with Plant Your Future, farmers have developed a sustainable, and profitable, way to produce and harvest the charapitas chillies. While many brands might preserve their chillies with additives or vinegar, Charapita uses the natural juices of fresh limes – also native to and cultivated in orchards by smallholder farmers. The use of the lime juice helps keep the heat, and most importantly its flavour.

Consequently This unassuming ingredient is transforming deforested farmland in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. By buying this sauce, you are directly helping to give farmers a profitable and sustainable alternative to slash ‘n’ burn agriculture that has been a major driver of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru to date. You can find out more about the work of Plant Your Future by visiting their website: www.plantyourfuture.org.uk.

But in the meantime, try Charapita Hot Chilli Sauce and taste authentic ingredients right from the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.

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