Outside of C. annuum, mild Peruvian ‘Aji’ chillies are taking centre stage with chefs at the moment. These Capsicum baccatum varieties produce an abundance of medium sized chillies with a sweet, fruity flavour laid over a mild, medium heat. Havana Gold is new for this season and is a good introduction to the Ajis, providing a complex fruity flavour and manageable, mild heat.
Capsicum chinense is the dominant species in the Caribbean, with fiery habaneros and scotch bonnets widely used across the islands to bring a unique balance of sweet, sour and fruitiness to dishes along with intense heat. But there are also varieties among the species that carry the pungent flavours with no heat, such as Trinidad Perfume.
If you are looking for more flavour than heat from your chillies in 2018, look out for Mr Fothergill’s varieties that carry a one chilli rating, denoting a milder, spicy heat, rather than a three chilli rating denoting the hottest types in the range.
For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range or to request a catalogue, please visit:
www.mr-fothergills.co.uk or telephone 0845 371 0518
or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.