Chillies are the dried ripe fruits of the species of
the Solanaceae family. Out of 20 wild species, five are cultivated, with
Capsicum annum being the most widely grown. India is the largest producer of
chillies in the world.
The fruits vary in shape, colour and pungency. The pericarp is leathery or
succulent and turns from green to purple or red, orange or orange-red.
Though chilli is a berry, the seeds are not embedded in the pericarp.
Capsaicin in chillies imparts pungency. Extracted capsaicin is used in pain
balms, cosmetics and medicines related to heart diseases. Capsanthin is a
pigment in chillies, which is used as a natural and safe colouring agent in
jams, jellies and squashes. Chilli also contains vitamin A, C and E.
Chillies require care right from the selection of soil for cultivation till
packaging of the final product. Grover has the experience to monitor the
entire process so that the consumer receives a product of consistently high
Grover chillies are sourced from farms that have a light loamy soil or
sandy loam rich in lime and organic matters, which is ideal for chilli
cultivation. Soil temperature is constantly monitored to ensure the best
crop. Ripe fruits are harvested in three and a half months. Even the picking
has to be done carefully to preserve the plant and the fruit.
The best chillies are left to ripen and partially wither on the plant for
maximum pungency and superior color retention. However, how long the
chillies should be left on the plant is a matter of expert judgement and is
decided by seasoned experts.
Chillies are conditioned to 10 percent moisture and carefully compressed
using a baling process. The moisture content at the time of storage and the
ambient temperature during the period of storage have a major influence on
Grover can supply chillies whole,
or chili powder
to required specifications and quality standards, free of Sudan 1,2,3 and 4.