Unfortunately the markets only provide few varieties of chillies, so few that most of the foodies I know have no concept of the many thousands of varieties that are out there. This means if I want to taste something remarkable I must grow it myself.
My vegetable garden is feeling small as there are so many amazing vegetables that I can't buy and have to grow myself. I grow everything organically and I save seeds with my kids.
This year I grew very few chillies. One that I grew this year was Aji Amarillo (Capsicum baccatum) which is a lovely chilli from Peru.
Aji Amarillo e translates to "yellow chilli", aji means chilli, amarillo means yellow. When dried it is known as Aji Mirasol (which I am told means "looking at the sun" but I don't really understand how).
|Aji amarillo - many were longer than this|