India produces a wide variety of spices including black pepper, cardamom, chillies, turmeric, ginger, cloves, etc. Indian spices are known for their quality and find a market all over the world.

Chilly is an important condiment crop which is widely grown in the country and shares more than one third or 34 per cent of total production of spices in India. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the leading producers of chillies.

After chillies, turmeric is second important spice crop in India. Major producing states are Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Orrisa and Bihar.

Among all the states, Kerala is one state where a large number of spices such as cloves, black pepper, ginger, cardamom are produced in the largest quantity. The other leading states in the production of spices are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Bihar.