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Harekala chillies 

The Harekala chillies are a popular variety of chillies grown in Mangalore taluk. It gets its name from the village of Harekala in Mangalore taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.

In the past, Harekala chillies were grown in around 200 acres of land in three villages — Harekala, Ambalamogaru and Pavoor. 

There were also nurseries for this variety of chilly. But now the cultivation has come down to a few acres in these villages.

Shortage of farm labour and the lack of interest among youth are the reasons why farmers are keeping away from its cultivation. 

The Harekala chillies are very seeded and non-crinkly They also have a smooth texture and are very spicy as compared to the other popular variety of chillies.

 It is used in the preparation of pickles and non-vegetarian dishes and adds a distinct flavour to the local cuisine here. In GSB Konkani cuisine, they are specially used for getting the most popular sting.

In many households, for any curry and masala, a 1:1 ratio of these chillies and Byadgi chillies are added to balance the flavour, heat and the rich red colour.

The seeds are planted in nurseries in September, and the plants thus raised are planted in the field during November. 

Harvest begins in January and continues up to April. Despite the declining trend, some farmers continue to cultivate this chilly as it has a good demand. Some farmers even plan to seek GI (geographical indication) tag for this chilly.

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