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Capsicum baccatum 'Aji Crystal'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aji Crystal
Additional cultivar information: (aka Aji Cristal)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 28, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Aji Cristal
Capsicum: Baccatum
Origin: Curico, Chile
PI: 281320
Scoville units: 30,000-50,000
Blossom end shape: pointed
Fruit position and shape: pendant, elongate
Fruit size and color: 3"-4"L green > yellow
Calyx shape: cup shaped, 5 small teeth
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: white/ green or yellow
Filament color: white
Anther color: yellow
Habit: bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: medium
Germ. Time: 2 wk. > 2 mo.
Maturity: 80 days
Plant height: 18"-24"
Taste: .citrus like
Uses: .condiment, garnish, salsa
Pods have a citrus like flavor and many say they are best eaten when immature. Excellent for making salsa.
Plant growth habit is large and branching and may need staking from over load. Aromatic and flavorful, especially when not fully ripe.Almost a "sweet grapefruit" like flavor. Fruity heat and crisp medium flesh makes this pod perfect for fresh consumption, most flavorful when green, an unusual trait for this species.

Positive annesurfs On Mar 20, 2008, annesurfs from Nokia
Finland wrote:

The best chilli pepper Ive ever grown. Very easy to grow. Tastes good when eaten raw, too, unlike most chillies! Color is kind of translucent green while raw. I sow this every spring! :O) Highly recommended!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Also offered as 'Aji Cristal'. It rates a 4 on their heat scale with 5 being the hottest. Originally from Curico Chile. 3' tall plants have heavy yields of fruits. The hot citrus flavor is best when immature and great for salsa.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 4, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 90-100 day 3-1/2 X 1-1/2 inch fruit which ripen from pale green to yellow to a light reddish-orange.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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