Aji De Jardin Chilli Seeds. The Aji De Jardin is a truly magnificent addition to any garden, balcony or plant pot. The Aji de Jardin belongs to the Capsicum Annuum family of plants. We understand this variety originates from Cuba, so not a native to South Africa, but grows well in our climate. Seeds germinate well and plant growth is good - so probably a good variety for beginners to try. It has striking purple/green foliage with beautiful and striking purple flowers. The plant is a medium - large size plant, so good for the garden and suitable for pots. It does have a tendency to grow very vertical in our experience, so definitely a plant that would suit topping and cutting back to generate a more bushy growth.
Pods on this plant are teardrop shaped and grow facing upward (facing heaven), ripening from purple to orange and ultimately a lovely dark red. The pods create a lovely spectrum of those colours while fruiting throughout the season, which does give this plant huge ornamental/esthetic appeal. Pods do have flavour and heat, so this variety is not just ornamental and definitely can be used for culinary applications. Pods have a typically annuum style heat and burn. The heat on the ripe pods is around 7,000 - 15,000 SHU. The burn is a nice peppery and lingering burn and weighted towards the back of the throat. Ripe pods are soft to the touch and have a soft texture to them when fully ripe, although the skin has a tendency to be a little tough. Pods have a medium thickness that is soft and not crunchy as one might expect. The aroma from the pods is herbaceous with a faint fruitiness. The flavour of the pods is peppery with a hint of tomato. All in all actually a very pleasant chilli that could be used fresh for salsas and in cooking. These pods would also lend themselves to drying and would create a really super chilli powder or flakes in our mind.
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