There is a small tree beside the green house. It has fruits slightly similar to drooping flowers. I thought it was a small version of makopa fruit from a distant view. I went near and found out it was not.
I asked Danny, my friend and then greenhouse caretaker, what is the name of the weird plant. He replied “I never knew”. He added that it had a name tag before. The tag was lost and he forgot its name. He gonna ask his boss what it is.
I was lucky! I had the camera with me. I took a picture and showed it to my sister – she is an environmentalist so she has more resources to find its name.
She found it after a week. The plant’s name is aji pepper, the scientific name is Capsicum baccatum. It belongs to pepper family.
Then I asked for some aji peppers. Unfortunately, there were no red fruits by that time, all green. And I only got one, I need to wait for the next fruiting season. Too bad!
I bit the fruit slowly with the thought it was hot like siling labuyo. It is tasteless. Maybe the red fruit tastes hot! Hmm….
Are you using aji pepper? Please tell me how and for what purposes? It has some medicinal value?
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.