GOA: The state’s popular Moira banana and Harmal chilli were recently accorded the geographical indication (GI) tag. The two agricultural products are the fourth and fifth items from Goa to get the GI tag after feni, the Khola chilli, and khajem (kaddio boddio).
A GI tag protects the produce from being illegally used, and ensures benefits to the local growers’ community.
“Harmal chillies contain a good amount of minerals like potassium (10942.65 mg/kg), iron (247.98 mg/kg), magnesium (778.24 mg/kg), calcium (1803.60 mg/kg) and sodium (196.49mg/kg),” states the GI notification.
Grown by most households in lateritic soil in Arambol, the chilli is 2.7-3.7cm long, and is reddish-brown in colour with a smooth skin texture. “A small quantity of powder is sufficient in food preparation due to its high pungency,” the journal states.
The crop is often mixed with other masalas to spice up dishes in Goan cuisine, and is used in the preparation of chicken xacuti masala, garam masala, khatkhatem and recheado masala.
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