Aji Lemon Drop Chile Pepper
Often known as simply 'Lemon Drop', this Aji-type bears pretty lemon-yellow peppers that are a couple of inches long. Similar to the Aji Amarillo, but shorter, the Lemon Drop has a very hot flavor and a pretty, wrinkled appearance. Plants bear quite well. Scoville heat units (SHU): 15,000 – 30,000 SHU Origin: Peru Capsicum species: Baccatum Jalapeño reference scale: 2 to 12 times hotter Use: Culinary Size: Approximately 2 to 3 inches long, tapered Flavor: Sweet, Fruity, Citrusy If you love both citrus tang and peppery spice, then the lemon drop pepper is a chili that you must get to know. While it’s hard to find, the lemon drop (also known as ají limon) is growing in popularity, both for eating and as an ornamental pepper due to its golden-yellow color when mature. The heat is significant without being overbearing, making this – with its lemony tang – a chili that’s perfect for spicier salsas and citrus-based homemade hot sauces. Plus, it’s very popular in its native Peru as a tangy seasoning for meals and snacks. Hotter than most people will expect when they hear the name. Sure people will think tangy, but spicy? Yet, this chili has a surprising medium-heat punch, somewhere in the range between a hotter serrano chili and a milder cayenne or tabasco pepper. In terms of our PepperScale reference point, the jalapeño, a lemon drop ranges from two to twelve times spicier. it’s a chili right in the spicy-sweet spot, hot enough that spicy food fans and adventurous eaters can enjoy, but not so hot as to overshadow the other flavors of a meal. The heat is fast – it doesn’t tend to build and linger like some other hot peppers on the Scoville scale. And beyond the heat is a very surprising citrus-like tang.