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Watch Your Back, Hatch—Pueblo Chiles Are Making a Move

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By Dave DeWitt They’ve got their own Growers’ Association. They have a festival of their own: The Chile & Frijoles Festival. They have their own supermarkets: Colorado Whole Foods Market locations dumped Hatch chiles and replaced them with Pueblo chiles. And governor John Hickenlooper has even designated the last Saturday of the Colorado State Fair as Pueblo Chile Day. History …

Mulato vs. Ancho

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DaveMulato or ancho, what’s the difference. What is the definition of mulato? And there are three different grades of ancho(i.e., mediano or primero, but what distinguishes between the grades. We are growing poblano peppers and wish to dry and sell them. Kind regards,KevinHello Kevin:A mulato is an extremly dark variety–almost black–of dried poblano. Ancho is much lighter in color. The …

New Mexican "Pequins"

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Hi Dave,I’m in Arizona. Do you know if there is a definitive variety of pequin chile from New Mexico or whether the name covers a number of varieties? I bought a ristra of fairly common New Mex pequins a couple of years back and am now going to get some more from a different source but also from NM. The …

Ancho Query

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Hello Dave:Nice website! I’m going to explore it the next week or so. My wife and I are growing 2 ancho plants this summer in Atlanta GA. There are many nice, green peppers on the plant right now. Are you saying that anchos ought not be harvested until they turn red? Thank you,SteveHello Steve:By definition, anchos are dried red poblanos. …

Piri-Piri Peppers

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Hello Dave:Do you have a contact that imports Piri-Piri peppers, either a diced or purred? I have a corporate chief that wants to use them. Thanks for the help.PaulHello Paul:No, I don’t. Most of these chiles, which in reality are dried piquins, are used in Africa to make sauces and are not exported. Piri-Piri, Pili-Pili and other variations on this …