Chilipreneurs see chili as ‘hot’ business in Pampanga

The Chili Growers Philippines is set to spice up Pampanga-based chili growers and aficionados with the latest trends on ‘chilipreneurship’.

CGP, a local chili group of growers, holds conferences in Manila and other parts of the country to share best practices on sourcing, collecting, filtering, planting and growing varieties of chili from across the globe.

The said event is aimed at putting up a “seed bank” which shall serve as a venue to screen good chili seeds and share it with the other members.

“Spicy food is characteristically Ilocano and Bicolano culture. Ala tamung tradisyun identified tamu keng maparas, dapot uling luluwas ya panlasa at sibuburianing Kapampangan pauli na naman ning globalization, mekad mag boom ya keti,” said Francisco Musni, historical and heritage consultant and archivist at Center for the Kapampangan Studies in Holy Angel University, Pampanga.

Moreover, highlights of the program aside from the talk on the newest imported chili varieties circulating in the market and latest trends on chili cultivation is the pod-tasting challenge wherein participants will savor the hottest of the hottest chili peppers available in the market.

According to Musni, the elite group Labuyo 100 who can munch a minimum of 100-pods of chili is expected to grace the event.

The conference is set on January 21 at 9 a.m. at the Casita Culinaria Pampangueña in Barrio San Vicente, Bacolor.

“Our exposure to many food cultures is beginning to help redefine our local palate and preferences,” Musni added. –Larrica Angela Cunanan / Facebook Photo by Robby Tantingco