Where do i buy Aji(peruvian chili pepper)?
- blackbookali Apr 11, 2008 09:16 AM
any ideas? is there a "peruvian" market in LA?
Aji peppers have a very distinct flavor. I don't think you can adequately substitute other peppers for them. I have never found them fresh here in L.A. But I have found them canned and pickled in jars, as well as aji sauce in bottles, at a number of different Latino markets around town. There is usually a big selection at the very large supermarket on Atlantic Blvd. south of the 60 Fwy, but I've seen them in lots of places. I'm partial to the brand - Amazonas - which you can also find online if you need to.
I don't think fresh aji exists in L.A....I don't even think most the local peruvian restaurants use fresh aji. At least, it doesn't taste like it to me and my (Peruvian) husband.
Catalina market, on Western Ave just south of Santa Monica Blvd, has a good selection of jarred peruvian imports - various Andean tubers, huacatay, different ajis, chicha morada...
there are so many peruvian restaurants, I bet someone at one of them could let you know if they are available, and then you could let us know.
If you're in the South Bay, Saigon Market (!) has jarred Peruvian chiles.
Also for jarred/canned product, you should check the larger Latino supermarkets (Northgate, Vallarta, Gigante, Big Saver) if one is near you.