Aji Charapita chile peppers, botanically classified as Capsicum chinense, are tiny pods that grow on wide and bushy plants reaching over one meter in height.
Also known as Wild Peruvian Chili, Tettinas de Monk, Charapilla, and Aji Charapa, Aji Charapita chile. These peppers are considered to be one of the most expensive peppers in the world. Native to the jungles of northern Peru, Aji Charapita peppers have a strong heat, ranging 30,000-50,000 SHU on the Scoville scale, and have recently increased in popularity for their fruity flavor.
Despite their global recognition, the tiny peppers are not widely sourced outside of Peru, making them a rare and expensive variety, and are also considered to be one of the more costly spices when dried and ground, similarly to vanilla and saffron.