The Wiltshire Chilli Farm – Criolla Sella

by Hot Juan on May 28, 2012 · 3 comments

in Chilli Varieties, Product Reviews

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Criolla Sella

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm - Criolla Sella

The Criolla Sella is the second of four sauces from The Wiltshire Chilli Farm that they have made this year as part of their festival range, they are made in very limited numbers and will only be sold at events and festivals..

Having been given a 100 seeds for what Jamie was told was a “lovely chilli” he set out to find what it was, the plant was upright and spindly and  obviously a C.Baccatum resembling the Aji Lemon in growth, each plants produced a good crop. Jamie describes the pods as being thinner than the Aji Lemon and ripening to a deep golden orange.  The flavour is Baccatum, but it does not have the citrusy zing of the Aji Lemon.

Jamie temporarily named the plant the Aji Orange while he investigated it, finally in December 2011 one of his Italian contacts identified it as  what they call the Criolla Sella.

So what does the sauce like?  The colour is an amazing bright orange, but with 40% of these orange pods in there and the addition of some orange juice the colour was never going to be a problem. Now the smell is a bit like visiting one of the poly tunnels in high season, there is a great smell of warm fresh chillies hanging in the air and the taste bugs are watering.

The heat is not searing, and with the nice subtle cider vinegar (I do like cider vinegar based sauces) this sauce lets you taste the flavours, initially I could taste the orange juice, but on a second dip in the bottle, that is less pronounced, it is a very fruity, which is helped by that enticing smell.

Ingredients: Criolla Sella (40%), Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Orange Juice, Ginger, Salt, Spices.

Bottle kindly provided by The Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Jamie has done a great job producing a unique sauce from this chilli, it lends its self to making an interesting cocktail or serving is some game pie.

Criolla Sella (AKA Aji Orange)

Criolla Sella (AKA Aji Orange)

You can only get these sauces at chilli events, so check out out events listings page and see if you can see The Wiltshire Chilli Farm listed at you local event, it is worth hunting him down, just to get a taste of this and the other four festival sauces he has made.


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Chilli Hunter May 31, 2012 at 12:08 am

I’m growing these this year, a tasty chilli!


avatar Bart J. Meijer May 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

Guys !

Now this is one I need to taste!
I love the description, and the story behind the chilli.
This write down makes my long for tasting it !

Great article !

Cheers Bart


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