If you’ve had a red or green chili lately, there’s a decent chance it came from India. If it did, it may have even come from Rajesh Kumar Singh or a farmer like him.
“Pappu,” as he’s known to friends, lives and works in Uttar Pradesh, the populous northern India state perhaps most famously known as the home of the Taj Mahal. Singh works in his fields sunrise to sundown, taking care of his green chili plants.
Singh is one of the many smallholders in India. They keep the Indian and global food supply steady – not only with chili, but a variety of crops.