Nagaland Raja Chilli exported to London
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. Hardeep Singh Puri said that the ‘king of chillies’ from Nagaland has been exported to the United Kingdom.
Hardeep Singh Puri shared the images of his wife walking down a vegetable market in Meghalaya and buying king chillies.
King of chillies, also called Raja Mircha, will be exported to London via Guwahati by air for the first time.
Minister had recalled his visit to a vegetable market in Meghalaya with his wife in August 2019, when they had a "brush" with the chillies at a local shop. The export has come as a major boost to products with Geographical Indications (GI) from the north-eastern region.
“Reminds me of our brush with this famous variety of fiery chillies when Lakshmi & I stopped by at a roadside vegetable market during our trip to Meghalaya in August 2019”, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.
In Raja Mircha got GI certification, an intellectual property right that safeguards the creation and sale of a product originating in distinct geography and culture.
The Press Information Bureau tweeted that in a significant boost to exports of Geographical Indications products from the north-eastern region, a consignment of ‘Raja Mircha’ also referred to as king chilli from Nagaland exported to London via Guwahati by air for the first time.
Further, the Bhoot Jolokia ( Raja Chilli) is considered the world's hottest chilli based on the Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The amount of capsaicin (a chemical compound) present in peppers is checked with the help of the Scoville scale. Capsaicin is responsible for making the tongue burn, body sweat and ears turn red.