\ ä-ˈhē How to pronounce ají (audio) \
variants: or less commonly aji
plural ajíes also ajies or ajís or ajis

Definition of ají

: a chili pepper that ranges in pungency from mild to very hot and is produced by several usually cultivated varieties of a wild South American capsicum (Capsicum baccatum) also : a plant bearing ají peppers

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Kelis told us years ago that her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, but these days the singer-chef is hawking a spicy aji verde and pineapple saffron glaze. Kristin Braswell, Bon Appétit, "Singer Kelis on Selling Hot Sauce and Starting a Sustainable Farm in Colombia," 2 July 2019 Creamy Peruvian aji amarilllo is wrapped in a crisp spring roll shell. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Next is sushi-hassun, a platter of nigiri: shima aji (striped jack) with the tiniest dab of the citrus-chile paste yuzu kosho, madai (sea bream), and torched salmon. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019 No matter rich or poor, everyone uses aji panca and aji amarillo. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 The aji comes around again, providing a crisp, savory interlude. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 The pica rica pairs Douglas Robson’s zippy aji aioli with sweet onions and smoky, roasted fresh green chiles in support of a perfect patty. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "25 best burgers in Phoenix: If you've got a hamburger craving, here's where to go," 23 May 2018 Add salt and aji amarillo chile paste and mix well. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Don Ceviche," 25 Apr. 2018 That means Culantro offers the famous Peruvian dish aji de gallina ($10), shredded chicken in a vibrant cream sauce made of walnuts and Amarillo peppers. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Bite: Rotisserie chicken is star at Peruvian restaurant in Ferndale," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of ají

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ají

American Spanish ají, from Taino axí

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