Guntur Sannam

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Guntur Sannam chilli
SpeciesCapsicum annuum
Heat Hot
Scoville scale35,000–40,000 SHU

Guntur Sannam or Capsicum annuum var. longum, is a type of chili pepper that grows in the districts of Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Warangal (Telangana), and Khammam in India. It is registered as one of the geographical indications of Andhra Pradesh (pursuant to Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999).[1][2][3]


The Guntur Sannam pepper belongs to the species Capsicum annuum. It is a commercial crop used as a condiment and culinary supplement.

India stands first place in the production of chilies. The province of Andhra Pradesh leads in its production, providing 46% of all chilies produced in India.[4] The government of Andhra Pradesh started a regional research station at LAM near Guntur around 30 years ago, which also studies the uses of chili.[citation needed]

Etymologically, the name 'Guntur Sannam' has its origin in Telugu, and indicates two facts: the origin of the fruit, and more importantly, the strong antecedents arising from Andhra Pradesh. Guntur has been associated with chilies for decades, and hence the prefix 'Guntur' for the name of this chili. The word 'Sannani' in Telugu means 'thin'.


The Guntur Sannam chili's unique characteristics have brought it international acclaim. The Sannam chili is traded as an S4 type chili[citation needed] and is mainly used for its pungency and the extraction and derivation of capsaicin, which is an active component in chilies that gives them their hot qualities. The following are the chief attributes/characteristics of Guntur Sannam chili:

  • The Guntur Sannam chili belongs to Capsicum annuum var. longum, with long fruits (5 to 15 cm. In length) and diameter range from 0.5 to 1.5 cm.
  • The chili has thick skin.
  • The skin of the chili, when crushed, is thick, red and hot.
  • The chili has an average rating of 35,000 to 40,000 SHU.
  • The chili is red with an ASTA color value of about 32.11.
  • The content of Capsaicin is about 0.226%.
  • This chili is rich in vitamin C (185 mg/100 g) and protein (11.98 g/100 g).


Guntur Sannam has its peak harvesting season from December to May[5]. The annual production of this type is approximately 280,000 tonnes. The Guntur Sannam chili has specific requirements in its means of production for attaining an optimum level of production. Guntur Sannam crops are highly prone to disease, and therefore need special care and attention to ensure a healthy, pest-free yield.

Guntur Sannam Factsheet
Producing Centers Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Assam
Harvesting seasons January to April or December to May
ASTA Colour Value 32.11
Capsaicin content 0.226%
Annual Production 280,000 Tonnes

Geographical area of production[edit]

The Guntur Sannam chili is cultivated, processed, and made available mainly from the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is also grown in neighboring regions such as the districts of Prakasam, Warangal, and Khammam.

The Guntur Sannam chili requires a warm and humid climate for its growth, and dry weather during its period of maturation. The crop can be grown at altitudes up to 2,100 meters above sea level. Black soils with a pH value from 6 to 7 and retaining moisture for long periods of time are suitable for a rain-fed crop; whereas well drained chalky, deltaic, and sandy loamy soils are good under irrigated conditions.

District & State Latitude Longitude
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 15.55°N to 16.35°N 79.19°E to 80.36°E
Warangal, Andhra Pradesh 17.30°N to 18.18°N 78.25°E to 80.15°E
Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh 14.57°N to 16.17°N 78.43°E to 80.25°E
Khammam, Andhra Pradesh 16.48°N to 18.18°N 79.30°E to 81.18°E

Grades and comparison[edit]

At least 4 grades of Guntur Sannam chilies are known to exist. They are:

  • Sannam Special (S.S.): light red in color, shining skin, with a length of 5 cm and more.
  • Sannam General (S.G.): light red in color, shining skin, with a length of 3 to 5 cm.
  • Sannam Fair (S.F.): blackish/dull red in color with a length of 3 to 5 cm.
  • Non-Specified (N.S.): This is not a regular grade and is meant to meet specific requirements of the buyers which are not covered under regular grades.

Capsaicin values of some of the well-known and accepted varieties of Indian chilis are:[6]

Chilis Capsaicin content
Guntur Sannam – S4 Type 0.226%
Byadagi (Kaddi) Negligible
Nalchetti (Semi Bird Eye) 0.12%
Kashmiri (Annigira) NA
S9 Mundu NA
Wonderhot NA
Tomato Chili (Warangal) NA
Madras Pari 0.206%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geographical Indication". The Hans India. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ ":::GIR Search:::". Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "State Wise Registration Details of G.I Applications (15th September, 2003 – Till Date)" (PDF). Geographical Indication Registry. p. 5. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Area and production of chilli in world 2008-09 | agropedia". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  5. ^ "Buy Guntur Chillies Export Quality in Bulk & Retail - Guntur Sannam Online". Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  6. ^ "Chili Whole". Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2016.