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Source for Peruvian aji, other ingredients?

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equinoise Apr 2, 2013 11:15 AM

I am looking for a local source for Peruvian ingredients, specifically including chiles such as aji amarillo, aji mirasol, and/or aji rocoto. I have seen at least the amarillo in paste format at McPherson's on Becaon Hill, but the jar I bought spoiled quickly before I could use most of it. According to the cookbook I am using (Gran Cocina Latina), fresh, frozen or dried would be preferable.

TIA.

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    reiney Apr 2, 2013 02:16 PM

    Have you tried The Spanish Table? I don't know for sure that they have exactly what you're looking for, but they stock some Latin (/non-Spanish but from Spanish speaking regions) ingredients. Might be worth a phone call if that's a convenient spot to shop.

    1. paulj Apr 2, 2013 11:37 AM

      Plaza Latina on Aurora Shoreline has the best selection that I know of.

      Jars of the paste are easiest to find, though as you note you do need to watch for fuzz. They must not add enough sodium benzoate. :) Mixed sauces, such as one combining passion fruit with amarillo, last longer.

      I am partial to the aji panca, the milder (ancho like) dark red kind. I've found that in whole dried and paste.

      They have some frozen as well. I've not seen fresh aji panca or amarillo.

      Aji rocoto is available in paste, canned whole, and frozen. But JD's produce in Lynnwood (multi-ethnic) also has fresh chile manzana ('apple'), which is essentially the same thing, but from Mexico.

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        equinoise Apr 2, 2013 02:38 PM

        Thank you very much. Amarillo and passion fruit: sounds right up my alley...

        I wonder if there is a southern equivalent to Plaza Latina in Burien, White Center, Kent, Renton, etc.?

        1. re: equinoise
          paulj Apr 2, 2013 03:51 PM

          http://www.amigofoods.com/pepr.html
          These stores stock a subset of the things that Amigo Foods sells, presumably buying from the same importers.

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