GI certified Raja Mircha consignment exported to London for the first time
The chilli from Nagaland is also referred to as Bhoot Jolokia and Ghost Pepper
In a major boost to exports of Geographical Indications (GI) products from the north-eastern region, a consignment of ‘Raja Mircha’ also referred as King Chilli from Nagaland was exported on Wednesday to London via Guwahati by air for the first time.
The consignment was sourced from Tening, part of Peren district, Nagaland and was packed at APEDA assisted packhouse at Guwahati.
The chilli from Nagaland is also referred to as Bhoot Jolokia and Ghost Pepper. It got GI certification in 2008.
Raja Mircha contains Scoville Heat Units (SHUs) which makes it world's hottest chili.
APEDA in collaboration with the Nagaland State Agricultural Marketing Board (NSAMB), coordinated the first export consignment of fresh King Chilli, informed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
APEDA had coordinated with NSAMB in sending samples for laboratory testing in June and July 2021 and the results were encouraging as it is grown organically, it said.
Exporting fresh King Chilli posed a challenge because of its highly perishable nature.
Nagaland King Chilli belongs to the genus Capsicum of the family Solanaceae. Naga king chilli has been considered as the world’s hottest chilli and is constantly on the top five in the list of the world's hottest chilies based on the SHUs.
“APEDA would continue to focus on the north eastern region and has been carrying out promotional activities to bring the North-Eastern states on the export map,” the release read.
In 2021, APEDA facilitated exports of Jackfruits from Tripura to London and Germany, Assam Lemon to London, Red rice of Assam to the United States and Leteku ‘Burmese Grape’ to Dubai.