Teja Chilli from Telangana

The growing export demand for the popular Teja variety of red chilli, known for its culinary, medicinal, and other diverse uses, is proving to be a boon for the Telangana Agriculture Market.

Teja Chilli

  • Teja or S17 is one of the hottest varieties of red chillies produced in India. (GI tag not accorded yet.)
  • The chilli is known and liked across the country for its fierce hot flavor and rich aroma.
  • Teja, also known as S17, is one of India’s hottest red chilli varieties. (A GI tag has not yet been assigned.)
  • The chilli is well-known and popular throughout the country for its fiery hot flavour and rich aroma.
  • The main region for Teja or S17 red chilli production is southern India.
  • It contains 0.50-0.70% capsaicin, making it more pungent and spicy.
  • The high demand for Oleoresin, a natural chilli extract, is primarily driving Teja variety exports to various spice processing industries in several Asian countries.

Where is it manufactured?

  • The Khammam district is the largest producer of the Teja red chilli variety.
  • It is the most important exporter of the pungent fruit.
  • A Chinese company’s Mudigonda-based Oleoresin extraction firm is involved.

The commercial significance of this chilli

  • The Teja variety of red chilli is primarily exported from Khammam to China, Bangladesh, and a few other South Asian countries via the Chennai port.
  • The export of the Teja variety of red chilli is expected to increase from 2000 crore per year to 2500 crore next year.
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