Tezpur Chilli
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Tezpur Chilli
ative Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Tezpur Chilli • Hindi: राजा मिर्चा Raja mircha • Manipuri: ꯎꯃꯣꯔꯣꯛ Umorok, Oomorok • Bengali: নাগা মরিচ naga morich • Assamese: নাগা জলকীয়া naga jolokia • Mizo: Saphmarcha
Botanical name: Capsicum chinense x Capsicum frutescens    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)

Native to Assam, Tezpur Chilli is the plant that produces one of the hottest chillies on earth. Molecular analysis has revealed that it is a naturally occuring hybrid between Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens. Flowers do not look very different from the normal chilli flowers. However, the plant can grow tall, like a shrub. Tezpur Chilli is an old favourite in the North-East. Known in Manipuri as Oomorok (tree pepper), it is a much loved chilli in Manipur.

Identification credit: Thingnam Sophia Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Mumbai.

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