India has always been known as the spice capital of the world. The myriad of gastronomic delights that spices like cardamom, mace, mustard and poppy seeds, etc produce, can be found in no other place but India. The flavors are rich in nature and give the perfect umami one requires while having their food.
One such spice that resides in the heart of every Indian is chillies. Be it the tangy zest of green chillies or the ones that make your eyes water, we have you covered.
Chillies play an integral role in the making of every desi recipe. Be it used as a paste, or simply for garnishing purposes, recipes are incomplete without them. We can trace back the origins of the chilli to the 16th century when the Portuguese brought it to Asia.
However, one can find themselves a buffet of chillies here in India. Till now, ten different types of chillies exist with qualities unique to their own. Some chillies are rather generic but some are extremely region-specific. For example, the chillies grown in Kashmir popularly known as Kashmiri chillies can be found in each and every household of Indians but Bhut Jolokia or ghost pepper which is widely known as the hottest chilli in the world is limited to Assamese cuisine.
Here, we have 5 popular varieties of chillies that are GI tagged. In layman’s terms, a GI tag or Geographical Indication tag is a sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.
1. Bhut Jolokia
2. Hathei Chilli
3. Dalle Khursani
4. Edayur Chilli
5. Canacona Chilli
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