Cookbook:Ají Dulce

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Ají Dulce

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Ají dulce ("sweet chile") is a variety of sweet pepper—usually a Capsicum chinense cultivar—found in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Aji dulce is similar in appearance to the habanero, maturing to a wrinkled orange-red pepper.[1] It has a mild, sometimes smoky flavour.[2] Some cultivated aji dulce have developed a spicy profile due to cross-pollination, but this is unpopular and largely avoided.[1]

Selection and storage

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Like other chiles, aji dulce should be crisp and brightly colored. They should not be spicy. Store them in the fridge for up to several days, discarding when getting soft.[3]

These peppers are widely used in Caribbean cooking.[1] In Puerto Rico, ají dulce is an important ingredient for sauces, such as sofrito or "mojito isleño" (a fish or meat sauce). It is also used in mild salsas.


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  1. a b c "Ají dulce | WorldCrops". Retrieved 2023-11-27.
  2. Bray, Matt (2017-01-14). "Aji Dulce: Heat, Flavor, Uses". PepperScale. Retrieved 2023-11-27.
  3. "Aji Dulce Chile Peppers". Retrieved 2023-11-27.