Chile Ristra

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Chile Ristras are seen hanging in many stores,shops, restaurants and homes all around the Albuquerque area.  We have two large chile ristras hanging at our front door year round. They meaning for some is Mi Casa Es Su Casa or My Home is Your Home.  It is not uncommon to keep a chile ristra in their kitchen for a quick dash of spice when cooking, others hang them for their eye catching decor.  Chile Ristra’s are just another unique Southwest touch you will find in and around Albuquerque.

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  1. Roy Kelley 02/11/2012 10:53 AM
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Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

John~I grow my own chile peppers every year to put into my pickles that I make. Great for spicy Bloody Mary's. How long do those chile peppers last?

Have an AWESOME weekend!

Feb 11, 2012 01:42 PM #22
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Wilmette, IL

I've seen Chile Ristras hanging in restaurants but did not know the meaning.  I love them in food too!  Here in town we recently had the ZestFest convention -- everything imaginable made with every imaginable type of pepper!  Hot Stuff!

Feb 11, 2012 02:28 PM #23
Debb Janes
The Carl Group, LLC - Camas, WA
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington

That screams Southwest to the little lighted strands of Chile Ristas too. At least, I assume that's what they are supposed to be?  This Pacific Northwest woman doesn't really know here chilies. :)

Feb 11, 2012 02:39 PM #24
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

John - Once again your local knowledge shines through!  It's always nice to learn something new.  Now I know the meaning of the Chile Ristra and the welcome message they send!

Feb 11, 2012 04:22 PM #25
Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297

Good afternoon, John. I need to get back out to the "Q" one of these days. I really miss it...

Feb 11, 2012 06:54 PM #26
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
New Home Sales Trainer, Aging-In-Place Instructor


They are a great accent for doorways - and I woulld imagine other locations. As you say, they make an easy access spice. :)


Feb 11, 2012 07:54 PM #27
Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

What a great decoration, and what a great flavor enhancer for just about any food!

Feb 11, 2012 11:38 PM #28
Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Another thing I love about ActiveRain. I never knew the name for them. You learn something new here EVERY day! ☺

Feb 11, 2012 11:50 PM #29
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi John.

It is new to me...

Thank you for sharing.

Have a nice day.

Feb 12, 2012 09:36 AM #30
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Those are very attractive for decorative use, John, and I love the sentiment that goes with it. Have a fun Sunday.

Feb 12, 2012 11:57 AM #31
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!

John,  Those look very festive.  Thank you for translating the meanings for us all lately.  I know I asked you to do that a few weeks back.  You are the best.  It is so cool when you know what these terms translate into.  Have a great Sunday!

Feb 12, 2012 02:00 PM #32
Teral McDowell
Murphy, TX

If the color doesn't get you the taste will - never heard the meaning of them; I like it!


Feb 12, 2012 03:06 PM #33
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Mmmmm.... c'mon, I can't be the only one that's thinking of great southwestern food after looking at those chile ristra's?  Have a wonderful week, my friend!


Feb 12, 2012 03:09 PM #34
Debbie Walsh
Keller Williams Realty - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000

I guess I am one of the few that has never heard of these before.  :-)

Feb 12, 2012 04:12 PM #35
Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Hi John, I've seen these before, but never new what they were called. Always learn something about NM on your blog.

Feb 12, 2012 04:55 PM #36
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

John - Very pretty indeed. My mom {Bob's mom that is} lives in New Mexico and on visits there I see this all the time. It's is very pretty to look at not so much good for my tummy though.....Have a great week my friend...

Feb 12, 2012 05:15 PM #37
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I see a lot of fake ones around here....our weather would just make them mold.  But, they are cool to see in your neck of the woods. 

Feb 12, 2012 06:09 PM #38
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning John, Thanks for the eductaion, we do not get to see many real ones around NH, I have seen them in a couple of popular restaurant but upon touching, they were plastic. We could use some real Southwestern style here in the Northeast. Have a great Monday

Feb 13, 2012 09:23 AM #39
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Keith,  Indeed chili is easily grown, what makes them hot-hotter is they dryness of the soil.  Not intended for wet soils.  The chili type for the most part is Anaheim chili pepper

We do have plenty of color here  in the Q Joan

The shot was taken in Old Town Albuquerque Alexandra.  Just another taste of the SW

4 Years really is too long Yolanda,  I hope you are able to return soon and again experience the Land of Enchantment!

Hi Michael,  Wow I bet those spicy Bloody Mary's are awesome.  The Ristras last for about a year before they start to turn.  They can get a fungus when left out door.  Once they get "Ugly" we just replace them.

Hi Carie, Even though I love the coloring of Ristras I love great Red Chili.The Sauce that is.  I love green chili as well but not like I do RED!

Hey Debb,  This is quintessential Southwest for sure! The color the heavy "Viga" beam.  Not so sure about the blue stuff.

Laura,  It is indeed a nice welcome message. "Mi Casa es Su Casa"

Comon back Michael we would love to have to here.  When were you here last?

Steve,  They are good to look at and even better to eat.

Fred, I see them best as red chili puree poured over some hot enchiladas.

We do learn daily in Active Rain..even if it's not real estate.

Josh,  Now ya know, have a good day!

Toni,  Had a good relaxing Sunday Toni.  Hope you had a great weekend.

Hi Belinda,  I did listen when you asked for translation.  Hey sometimes I don't even know what they mean.  We have hundred of Spanish named streets in the Q I don't know what mean. 

Hey Teral,  Amen girl!  I will take them both any day, but I would rather eat them.

Karen,  When I see them It does remind me of some excellent Carne Adovada "Marinated Pork in Red Chili"

HI Debra,  Well now you have, your a good bit away from the Q so it does not surprise me.  Petty common place around here.

Rebecca,  Chili on a String!  Chili Ristra

Hi Lisa,  Chili is not for everyones palate for sure.  It can be blazing hot on the tongue and just as irritating to the stomach.  Most people have to acclimate to this kind of food. 

Ron,  They will certainly mold in wet/humid areas. The whole idea is to string them for the air drying process.

Hey Scott,  I would not think chili would do well in NH. You will want to come to the Q for a taste of this incredible chili

Feb 13, 2012 11:38 AM #40
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

That is cool as heck, John.  I need to get myself a man cave and hang this in it.  Just my style, not that I have style ... but this would certainly help me in that arena.

Feb 13, 2012 05:47 PM #41
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