School teacher develops highly pungent chilli that grows in bunches
Kollam: A hybrid variety of chilli that has a highly pungent taste and aroma has been developed here. The chillies are up to five centimetres long and are intensely spicy and aromatic. Chillies emerge on bunches and a bunch carries up to eight chillies. Named as ‘Cherukulam Kanthari’, it was developed by Kadakkal Chunda native Dr. Nasar.
The chilli was developed through artificial pollination of an indigenous chilli variety and a hybrid variety called Ujjwala that features large size, pungent taste and high immunity.
Dr. Nasar said that the seeds of the chilli can be used for propagation. It took six months to complete the process and develop the new chilli variety.
A biology teacher at Kadakkal Government High School, Dr. Nasar always finds time to develop different varieties of orchid, medicinal herbs and other plants. He has experimented on tree tomato, Barbados Cherry, Ooty Rose, Arabian fig tree and other plants. He had also developed new varieties of rose plant and snake gourd.