The Traditional and Authentic production of Chillies are known from prehistoric times in Peru. They are believed to have originated in the tropical America. It is also said that chillies have originated in the Latin American region of the New Mexico and Guatemala as a wild crop around 7500 B.C. as per the remains of the pre – historic Peru. The people native to these places domesticated this crop in and around 5000 B.C.
Chilli is said to be the first ever domesticated crop in America. At that time, Chillies were cultivated by the farmers together with a primary crop to protect the primary crop from any damage from birds. Columbus carried chilli seed to Spain in 1493. The cultivation of Chilli spread rapidly from Spain to Europe. Chillies became popular in the whole of Asia rapidly and native Asians started cultivating this crop as well. The south Asian climate suited this crop and since its introduction in the 16th Century has been increasingly cultivated in south Asia. Chillies are the cheapest spices available in India and are eaten cross all groups of people.
The most important chilli growing states in India are Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which together constitute nearly 75% of the total area. Andhra Pradesh tops the list in dry chilli production followed by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Orissa and Karnataka. In Uttarakhand chilli pepper or Mirch would have used after British came to power in Garhwal. Today in terms of area and production though Uttarakhand may not be in the top of the chilli growing states in the country but chilli of Uttarakhand has a special place owing to their colour and pungency.
Chilli was brought to the rest of the world by christopher Columbus who discovered America in 1493. Columbus had set from Spain to reach India to bring spices such as black pepper back to his country. Columbus not only mistook America for India but also mistook chilli as a ‘black pepper’. That is how the chilli got the name ‘Chilli pepper’. He took chili pepper back to Spain where it became a very famous spice. Chilies were cultivated around the globe after Columbus. Every Indian women knows this simple truth : the chilies rules the kitchen. But did you know before the Portuguese brought it to India, no one in India ever used chilles ? Seems unbelievable but apparently before Vasco-Di-Gama came along and changed everything we used Pippali (long pepper) and not chillies. Long pepper is native to Bengal and in the 16th Century it also grew wild on the Malabar coast. According to the French trader Jean Baptiste Tavernier, long pepper used to be thrown into Muslims pulaos by the handful’.
It was used not just in cooking but also ayurveda as a cure for impotency. People think Portuguese took most of the spices from India but truth be told while we had pepper here, they were the ones who brought us the chilies. Chilies were brought from South America to India by the Protuguese through their trading colony of Goa. India is now the largest producer and exporter of chilies in the world, growing a wide variety of different types. In India two types of pepper existed before the arrival of chili pepper – Black pepper and Pippali. Black pepper was called round pepper and Pippali was called the long Pepper. In ancient India, Black Pepper corn, Triphala, Timur and Pippali were the source of hotness in cooking, chili pepper was introduced to India only about 500 years back by Portuguese and Spanish traders. During the 16th Century, Chili and pippali were both used interchangeably. It was easier to grow chili peppers, so the Pippali became less available.
Portuguese traders introduced chili pepper to India during 16th century. ‘Vindaloo’ still remains one of the hottest dish prepared in Goa using chili pepper, an old Portuguese colony in India. At present there are four types of chilli pepper used in India – namely – Lal mirch, Hari Mirch, Degi Mirch (Paprika) and Shimla Mirch (Sweet bell pepper). In 1498 the portuguese explorer Vasco-da-Gama reached Indian shores bringing with him the pungent spice. Chilis were brought to Asia by Portuguese navigators during the 16th Century. Chilies became extremely popular in Indian after it was first brought to India by Vasco-Da-Gama. Chili found its way in ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system. According to ayurveda, chili has many medicinal properties such as stimulating good digestion and endrophins, a nature pain killer to relieve pains. types of chilli pepper used in India – namely – Lal mirch, Hari Mirch, Degi Mirch (Paprika) and Shimla Mirch (Sweet bell pepper). In 1498 the portuguese explorer Vasco-da-Gama reached Indian shores bringing with him the pungent spice. Chilis were brought to Asia by Portuguese navigators during the 16th Century. Chilies became extremely popular in Indian after it was first brought to India by Vasco-Da-Gama. Chili found its way in ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system. According to ayurveda, chili has many medicinal properties such as stimulating good digestion and endrophins, a nature pain killer to relieve pains. But Dhee Masala Is one Of the company who is being Producing the chilli powder From Ancient Period.The Secret Ingredints Used are The Hands Of Love. Reading History Is fun Full Right!! What If you Try the Same fragrance And Spicey Full Chilli Powder of That Days? Try Once!