Peruvian peppers originated in the Americas and have been used for over 7000 years. The chili pepper might have been the first spice with which ancient Peruvians seasoned their food and has been found in many archeological excavations. Today there are around 300 varieties of chili peppers in Peru, and they are an essential part of the local cuisine. Chinese and Indian cuisines would not be the same without the presence of the Peruvian pepper. We are proud to say that our "ajis" continue to influence the flavor and quality of several cuisines around the world.