Recently I happened to hit my favorite grocery store (Hiller’s – a family owned Michigan chain) while a food demo was going on and decided to stop.
It was for Ajeeka – a new condiment item consisting of red peppers and garlic. He had nearly packed up for the day, and so only had one jar and some water crackers out for sampling instead of the full variety of uses that he normally displays, but that was fine. It had a great boost of flavor!
The peppers are very finely processed, almost pureed and the garlic is finely diced but still visible. Both are completely raw so retain all the bright flavors and slight bite that you’d expect; not to mention all the vitamins and health benefits.
It’s great on its own, or added to just about any dish. Their website has some suggested uses/recipes. It is a little on the expensive side at $8 for the jar though at the usual cost of peppers ($3/lb) it probably isn’t too far off if you were to make it yourself. So I wouldn’t buy it every shopping trip, but it would be the “special dish” splurge now and again for sure.