Aji Panca Chiles, Dried

Ají Panca / Peruvian red pepper

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that chile peppers are actually fruits and aren't just used for heat, but for their complexity of flavor. Aji Panca is a fruity, Peruvian/Mexican specimen that fulfills many roles in the modern cook’s repertoire.

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Step into any kitchen in Peru and you’re guaranteed to find the aji panca chile in various forms: grilled and smoked, mashed into paste, milled into powder, infused with oil, and blended into numerous sauces. Essentially, it goes into everything.

Aji Panca is the hipster of chile peppers, eschewing the idea of being spicy as, “Too mainstream.” Instead, the aji panca puts on its crotch-hugging skinny jeans and takes on the flavor of blueberries, blackberries, and purple cabbage. Toast and reconstitute the chile and add it to fruit salads, cocktails, cream sauces, and stuffings or casseroles. You’ll be ahead of the culinary trend since this chile is still totally underground.

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IngredientsDried aji panca chiles.
Recommended ApplicationsGreat for any authentic Mexican chili dish! With their mild flavor, Aji Panca Chiles is a great addition to a number of dishes. They can be added directly to recipes along with other spices.
Basic PreparationRinse this product with warm water first. To rehydrate, let soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Next, add to any recipe where the product will cook a minimum of 10 minutes. You may also, after rehydration, dice or puree before adding to your recipe.
Product StyleDe-Stemmed
CuisineAsian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Latin American, Mexican, Pakistani, Southwestern American, Thai
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place
Scoville Heat Scale100–900
Shelf Life3 Years
Country of OriginPeru
Dietary PreferencesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Allergen InformationNone Specified


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