Christopher Columbus not only mistook America for India, but he mistook the chilli for black pepper. That’s how chillies got the name ‘Chile pepper’. He first encountered chillies on his 1492 voyage to the Caribbean. They were introduced to India by the Portuguese in the late 15th century
There are several varieties of Indian Chilli - the most popular are Sanam, Teja, Byadagi, 273, Wonder Hot, 334, Mundu and Tomato chillies.
Indian chillies have many uses including: food, confectionery, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, farm protection, paint manufacturing, liquor and self defense weapons.
Indian chillies are available with different levels of spiciness ranging from high to sweet. The color from deep red to light red. Harvest of the chillies in India is between Jan & April.