The Aji Dulce Chili Bear is a single varietal hot sauce made with the Aji Dulce pepper. The Aji Dulce pepper is similar in size and taste to the fiery habanero, but it lacks any of the heat associated with its well known cousin. This chili is popular throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, prized for its sweetness and bright floral notes. When we get fresh ajis we love chopping them up raw and using them as a garnish. These peppers came from the organic farm The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington, VA -- our market neighbors at the FreshFarm Dupont Circle Farmers Market!
Tasting Notes: Very Bright and fruit forward. Has the floral essence of a habanero but with none of the spice.
Heat Level: 1 of 3 chilis, the spice on the aji dulce is short and sweet.
Peppers: Aji Dulce
Ingredients: Aji Dulce, Sake, Rice Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Xantham Gum (to prevent separation)
Our salt brined chili bears are lovingly made: Virginia-grown peppers ferment with a salt brine and sake in our barrels. The fermentation process draws out the flavors from each unique variety of pepper. All these layers of flavor are glorious after some time in our barrels -- a 3 month ferment is better than a 3 week ferment time! We then process the fermented chilis for a smooth, easily pourable hot sauce, finished with some vinegar.
Our 2017 peppers came from The Farm at Sunnyside and Barajas Produce. Farmer Casey from the Farm at Sunnyside in Washington, VA spent years in the Peace Corps working in chili loving places and wanted to grow the many varieties of chilis he encounter back to the US. We aim to highlight a few unique varietals in addition to a handful of chili blends.