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Every Peruvian household has its own Crema de Aji, a condiment named for the South American word for chile peppers. Tari Crema de Aji, an earthy, creamy, and slightly spicy commercially made version, has become mine while I’m away from Peru and studying in the States. Added to everything from sandwiches to scrambled eggs, its flavors—aji amarillo (yellow chile peppers), onions, garlic—for a moment at least take me home.

Tari Crema de Aji, $10.00 for an 85-gram bag at