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Hot Pepper 'Aji Crystal'

Capsicum baccatum

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):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to gold

Green changing to orange

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:




Fresh (salsa, salads)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


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.
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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!


On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.


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.