Our fridge since June has been over stuffed with green pepper: harvested from my farm. I planted scores of chillies, both hybrid and the traditional variety around the fruit plants.Every week I visit my farm I return with 5 to 7 kgs of pepper. Obviously we are unable to consume all of it. In fact, our daily consumption of green pepper is at the most 3 to 4gms. Which means 5 kgs of chilies will last us for 1666 plus days! Remember 5kgs added every week. Itna mirchi khaega kaun?
I’ve been distributing the chilies to friends, neighbours, our bai and even the peon at my office. Readers of this post might say: Why not sell? If you’re a grower only then do you encounter the hassle associated with it.
Last Sunday on our trip to Pune we visited my brother-in law and gifted him a polythene bag full of green chilies. He took out one and chewed its head off and later its tail as we looked aghast. Next time I plan to gift him Bhut Jolokia or Naga Morich without telling him about it. It’s the most spiciest chilli around with one million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).
How does one get Bhut Jolokia? It’s easy if you’re in USA or UK. Just order it on the Net. In India, the land which gave birth to the hottest pepper it’s not easy to lay your hands on the same.
My friend SC has put me to a friend who works for a Assam-based newspaper. I emailed him few days back and am hoping to hear the good news. Till then let me harvest more chilies. And if you so want you know whom to contact.
Chances are that you’ll see me giving away chilli packets free at Thane station. Be at the entrance of platform no.2, between 6 and 7am and get your free packet of organically grown chilli. Yes, free.
How do you recognise me? Easy. Check out the man with a slight paunch, wearing a Color Plus blue-coloured T short with jeans.