AMAZON, PERU - 2006/05/28: Peru, Amazon Basin, Iquitos, Belem Market, Chili Peppers. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The Peruvian Peppers You Can't Get Fresh In The US (But You Can
Buy Frozen)
By Roger Adler
Peppers and Peru have been linked for at least 8,000 years — their use in food even predates the Incan civilization. Aji Amarillo is the most commonly used variety, and other favorites include Aji Rocoto, Aji Limo, Aji Panca, and a dried version of the Amarillo variety, Aji Mirasol.
These peppers can be found fresh in the home country, but they are unfortunately not generally found fresh in the United States. However, frozen peppers can be adequate substitutes, and Peruvian pepper pastes, powders, and peppers in brine can be found in the U.S.
If you can’t find any Peruvian grocery stores in your vicinity, the best way to satisfy your Peruvian pepper craving is by shopping for frozen ones online. Virtual shopping at Amazon, Food Service Direct, Goya, or Amigo Foods will yield positive results, and these peppers will arrive promptly, with little impact on taste, color, or heat, and can be kept in the freezer for up to a year.