The Red King Chilli (Ghost Chilli Pepper) also locally known as Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morcha, U-morok, Tagin Tero, Malcha pom, Seth Yamdik and Bhot Jolokia, is sold at a staggering price of INR.50,000 per kilo in Japan.
It was revealed by O Nabakishore, the Principal Secretary of Commerce and Industries (Government of Manipur), who was one of the delegations on Japan-China tour led by the state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh last month in September.
While speaking to the media upon their arrival in Imphal, he was also quoted saying the possibility of exporting the indigeneous ingredient along with bamboo shoots and other bamboo handicrafts to that country.
These species of hot chillies is widely popular and cultivated across all the Northeastern states. In 2006, BBC’s Gardeners’ World television programme revealed the heat level for Naga Morich (Naga Viper Pepper) at 1,598,227 SHU, one of the hottest heat levels ever recorded for a chilli. In 2007, the Red King Chilli was certified as the world’s hottest chilli pepper by the Guinness World Records.
Interested in knowing what is the local term in various Northeast dialects for the Chilli? Here’s our survey carried out on Facebook page a few months ago.
Watch this hilarious YouTube video of an American food lover eating a couple of Ghost Chilli Peppers. The video has gone viral and raked over 5.5 million views.