They are 'hot' by all standards and they are much in demand. Green chillies from Uttar Pradesh are flying off the shelves in European supermarkets.
It's not just the juicy mangoes of the state, its green chillies too are now wowing people overseas and exporters here are smiling all the way to the bank.
Time was when green chillies from the state were sent on a "trial basis" to some European and Arab nations. But now exporters are receiving orders from other regions too.
With orders for the chillies increasing day by day, exporters are busy packaging consignments for markets in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and England.
"We buy these chillies straight from the farmers and then clean, grade and package them for export," Ramanand Barai, managing director of Khushi International, a Mumbai-based export house said.
Chillies of numerous varieties -- soldier, Gomti, 917 and divya jyoti -- are purchased from places like Kursi Road, Dewa and Malihabad, and then packed at Rehman Kheda in Lucknow before being sent to Amausi airport for shipment. "The daily pick is of about two tonnes," a market-watcher said.
With international standards on food quality and safety increasingly becoming stricter, suitable care has been taken to ensure that all parameters are within the approved limits.