The aromatic roasting of NM chile has now begun. Red or Green?

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If you live in the Albuquerque or any surrounding NM area you know the state question is red or green meaning do you want red or green chile on your food.  If you want both… the answer is Christmas!  

Chile RoasterHatch NM is the chile capital of the world although chile is grown statewide.  This year’s drought has created even hotter than usual chilies and higher prices.  The aromatic roasting of NM chile has now begun but is expected to only last a few weeks due to the draught and shortage of chile.  So get it while you can!

Chillies are certainly a favorite either as a spice or a stand alone dish like red chile and beans, green chile stew or chile rellenos’ which is a big Anaheim or Big Jim chile stuffed with cheese, then coated in batter and fried. But chile isn’t just eaten you will Chile Ristraoften find this colorful pod as a ristra adorning the entry to many southwest homes or a decoration hanging in the kitchen or patio.  A Chile Ristra is a bundle of red chile all tied together, the purpose was to dry the chile so it could be crushed or ground to use as a spice.  The result is a very colorful and eye catching ristra.  Legend suggests hanging a ristra brought good luck to the family.

Southwest Christmas TreeMy wife and I have a unique tradition at our place.  We hand pick red chilies at a local farmers market in early fall.  They are hung to dry in the garage, we spray them with lacquer and leave them until time to place them on our Christmas tree making for a very Southwestern Christmas tree!  When mixed with pine-cones, berries and a grapevine wreath topping off the tree it’s quiet beautiful and makes for great conversation with holiday guest.

So whether your answer is red, green or Christmas when you’re in the Land of Enchantment it’s a must that you sample the chile offered.  Once bitten most come back for more and just can’t get enough. If you can’t handle the heat be sure to pick up a ristra from one of the many shops or street vendors.

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  1. Roy Kelley 08/23/2011 03:26 AM
  2. Judi Boad 08/30/2011 12:51 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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I love the red chili peppers.  Whenever, we have found ourselves in New Mexico, I have always brought so back for friends kitchens as well as my own.  And we love both chiles on our food.  Have a great day. A

Aug 23, 2011 03:08 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for the very interesting post. I re-blogged this.

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Aug 23, 2011 03:31 AM #2
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Alexandra, There is something special about Chile.  I love both but Red Chile to my Mexican food is just wonderful.  I like the green more as a topping for eggs, roll-up etc.  So glad you get to come to NM and enjoy the spicy flavor of the food and the culture.  Thanks for your comments.

Red or Green Chile

Aug 23, 2011 03:35 AM #3
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Roy, That is awesome..Thank you for the re-blog and so glad you enjoyed the post.  Come to NM and enjoy the flavors of the Southwest! Have a good week ahead!

Aug 23, 2011 03:36 AM #4
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Hey, John, I stopped by because of Roy's repost.  I love the hanging red chiles at the holidays - it's our version of the pine wreath, LOL. 

Aug 23, 2011 03:46 AM #5
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Juli,  Thanks for coming by via Roy's re-post. Here in the Southwest we do get to enjoy some different culture, decor and tradition.  Have a good week ahead!

Aug 23, 2011 04:37 AM #6
Judi Boad

Hi John~ I'll take Green! Although for decorative purposes, I love them all mixed up! I'm going to have to go to Pike Place Market and get some photos of the strung chillies now that you have so enlightened me on them.

Best regards from Seattle,

Aug 23, 2011 05:50 AM #7
Ray Dolberry

Good Morning John.  When we're passing through Albuquerque I will now know to reply Christmas when ordering food.  

Aug 23, 2011 06:01 AM #8
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Ray, Yep it's always a good idea to get Christmas on the side if you're not sure of the heat or which you will like best.  Thanks for your post!

Hi Judi,  My wife loves green.... I always order red when dining out.  We have long chile ristras at our front entrance and in our kitchen the bright red is very inviting as well as eye catching.  Make it a great day in Seattle!

Aug 23, 2011 07:21 AM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

John, what a great idea for a Christmas Tree.  I think that your Chili stuffed with cheese then battered beats the fried butter on a stick in Iowa nay day!  And I like the reds.

Aug 23, 2011 11:34 AM #10
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Patricia~ We like the Tree as well, just adds a nice colorful touch to the decor.  Its always a conversation piece. Thanks for dropping by! Your stats are amazing!

Aug 23, 2011 12:36 PM #11
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

love the christmas tree decoration idea.. would have never thought of that..

Aug 23, 2011 01:51 PM #12
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Sheila,

The Chile Christmas tree was actually my wife's idea.  It's always a hit with visitors especially for Albuquerque new comers. 

Aug 24, 2011 04:45 AM #13
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I so enjoyed this, green AND both!

Aug 31, 2011 04:00 AM #14
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi JaneAnn~ So appreciate you coming by and glad you enjoyed the post.  I'm ready for Chile today!

Sep 01, 2011 03:46 AM #15
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening John

John my AR friend, I enjoy having both red and green chiles, which as you said is called Christmas added to my food. Sure does make ones meal even taster. We always grew our own chiles back home in Missouri.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 09, 2013 08:38 AM #16
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