Sikkim’s Dalle Khursani, a famous red-hot cherry pepper, has earned a geographical indication (GI) tag from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade based on an application filed by the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (Neramac) in Guwahati.
A GI tag is a name given to certain products that have a specific geographical location or origin.
Dalle Khursani is also one of the world’s hottest chillies with a range of 1,00,000 to 3,50,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) and can go for as much as Rs 480 per kg.
It is also used in local food preparations and is known for its medicinal properties.
“With GI, the crop will have global recognition and the marketing of the product will be beyond the national borders,” Sikkim horticulture secretary M.T Sherpa said.