Celebrating Hatch Chile Season
Authentic New Mexico Hatch Chiles are a uniquely flavored chile and are considered a distant parent to the Anaheim chile. They have a meaty flesh and mild to medium hot heat. These chiles are in strong demand during their short season which is six weeks starting around August 15. They are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico and growers say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley give them their robust flavor.
Hatch chiles can be used in a broad range of dishes. They can be easily seeded and added to soups, stews, and dips or enjoyed whole when roasted with meats or stuffed with cheese. In the Southwest, it is not uncommon to see consumers buying 30 to 40 pounds of Hatch chiles at one time due to the short growing season. Then the chiles get roasted and prepared for storage. The chiles store well in the freezer and can be used as needed for recipes.
The famous Hatch Chile Fest will be held on September 1st and 2nd. For more information, click here.
To get you started, check out this great Hatch Chile Macaroni and Cheese Recipe at Destination Cuisine Recipes.
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Growing Your Own Chiles
Chile peppers are hot — in every sense of the word. They add culinary fire to thousands of dishes from a variety of cuisines and inspire near-fanatical devotion in those who have succumbed to their incendiary charms.
In this comprehensive book, world chile experts Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland have assembled all the information that anyone with an interest in chile peppers could ever hope to find. Detailed profiles of the 100 most popular chile varieties include information on how to grow chiles; how to diagnose and remedy problems, pests, and diseases; and post-harvest processing and preservation. The book culminates in 85 mouth-watering recipes that make brilliant use of both the characteristic heat of chile peppers and of their more subtle flavor qualities.
Want to know what the hottest chile pepper in the world is? You’ll find it in the fascinating story of ‘Bhut Jolokia’, acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the fieriest chile on earth. Confused about the identity of those chile peppers you bought? The authors’ clear photographs and precise descriptions will clear up the mystery.
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Written by: Laura Raymond
Editor, Destination Cuisine
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