We all know about green chillies and red chillies but how many of you know about white chillies? No, we aren’t talking about white pepper here. Chillies have a white variant too. From India’s ‘white bhut jalokia’, white bird’s eye and Kanthari white to Habanero white chilli, chilli’s white versions are extremely pungent with a delicious citrus tang loved by connoisseurs across globe.
Let’s find out more. Kanthari - white is mainly grown as a homestead crop in Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu. It is short and ivory white in color with high pungency having capsaicin value of 0.504 percent.
Though White bhut jalokia, also known as ‘memjalokia’ is quite rare but is surely counted amongst the hottest around the world. This superhot and fiery chilli has all the traits of mighty bhutjalokia with the added bonus of appealing looks.
Interestingly, Birds eye chilli too has a white version that grows in the Udupi district of Karnataka, also in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This small ivory variety has conical shape with extreme pungency. While white chillies have their own distinct flavor and kick, they are usually used in dishes where there is no need of any colour.