South Kalimantan Village Home to Indonesia's Hottest Chili

South Kalimantan Village Home to Indonesia's Hottest Chili

A village in Tapin regency, South Kalimantan, is now home to the hottest chili in the country. According to the local administration and residents, chilies planted in the regency's Hiyung village have a spiciness level of up to 94,500 parts per million (ppm), 17 times spicier than a normal chili.

Tapin Regent Arifin Arpan said the chilies could only grow in the village.

"When the seeds were planted in other areas, [the chilies] became less or not spicy," he said in Rantau, South Kalimantan, on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Dubbed cabai Hiyung (Hiyung chili), its spiciness has led to the chili becoming a top commodity. Among the village's 420 family heads, 85 per cent are said to be working as chili farmers.

The chili was first planted in 1993 by Subarjo, who brought 200 seeds from the mountain. Subarjo said that, aside from spiciness, Hiyung chilies could also last up to 10 days at room temperature. The current rise in chili prices has allowed the farmers to enjoy some benefits.

"When we started growing the chili, it was priced at Rp 1,500 [S$0.16] per litre. Now [the price] per kilogram has multiplied and reached Rp 150,000," said Subarjo. Tapin regency has developed 200 hectares of a total 3,000 ha of land targeted for Hiyung chilies.

The development is based on the registration of local crop varieties with the Agriculture Ministry, which requires the regency to be responsible for the cultivation of local crops.

Source : Asia One

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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