Pothashang News Service
Imphal, January 4, 2018: Manipur scientist Rajkumar Kishor has introduced “Kishor’s Fire Ball” that would be the hottest chilli in India.
The chilli was produced by crossbreeding two local’s hottest chillies, Mashingkha (Capsicum frutescens) and Umorok (Capsicum chinense).
The new chilli is named under Rajkumar Kishor, managing director and chief scientist of Kwaklei and Khonggunmelei Orchids Pvt. Ltd.
Kishor said Mashingkha has an average pungency of 107200 SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) with 0.67% of capsicum content while Umorok has 280000 SHU with 1.75% of capsicum content. But after hybridisation the hotness and capsicum content of the chilli hikes to an average of 287400 SHU and 1.80% respectively.
He said the new chilli takes 10 years to reach the genetic stability and so the breeding trail was conducted in 2007. Analyses of the sample were performed at the analytical laboratory of spices board of Cochin. Now it is ready for field trial, he added.
“It is resistant to disease as well as high yielding. It can be cultivated in open spaces where sunlight can be directly heated”, said Kishor. It bears fruits twice a year without using much fertilizer, pesticides and insecticides, and hence advantageous to the farmers, he added.