What makes Andhra food so gloriously spicy, you ask? Well,
it’s the red hot Guntur chillies.
Guntur Sannam has thick red skin with high pungency. It is
used in the preparation of various local delicacies to develop colour as well
as flavour. Everything from the Mamsam Pulusu – a fiery mutton curry – to
Andhra chicken curry made with coconut, has a dash of Guntur chillies.
Now as the International market restarts in the Unlock phase of COVID-19, the demand for Guntur chillies is through the roof.
According to a TOI report, high-quality Teja variety is
fetching around Rs 17,000-18,000 per quintal, while other common varieties
are being sold for over Rs 12,000-14,000.
Sources said that the price in the local markets was
escalating thanks to good export orders. The chilli prices were just around Rs
8,000-10,000 per quintals during the peak season before lockdown, and they
dipped to around Rs 6,000 per quintal due to the lockdown, reports TOI.
“Teja and Byadigi varieties are commanding good prices due to the demand from exporters. s. The
prices are relatively high,” said L Kranti Sekhar, a chilli trader.
Guntur agriculture market committee chairman, Ch Yesurathnam, said that they were allowing the sale of the stocks even at the cold-storage
points to ease the traffic congestion in the market yard.
The Guntur chilli is exceptionally dark red in colour due to the high content of capsaicin.