Preparing the Pepper Garden, by Dave DeWitt and Dr. Paul W. Bosland

Selecting the Right Peppers for Your Garden

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Fiery Foods & BBQ Central Recommendations Chile Pepper Bedding Plants… over 500 varieties from Cross Country Nurseries, shipping April to early June.  Fresh pods ship Sept. and early Oct. Buy online at Chile Pepper Seeds… from all over the world from the Chile Pepper Institute. Buy online at Pepper gardeners should always plan before they plant. The planning …


Pages From Livingston’s Seed Catalogs, 1893 & ’95

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Editor’s Note: Livingston’s Seed Company in Columbus, Ohio, was one of the premier seed companies in the United States during the last half of the nineteenth century. They developed many tomato varieties for farmers and home gardeners. Here are their catalog pages on the seed of the Capsicum varieties they sold in 1893 and 1895.           …


The Chile Cultivars of New Mexico State University Released from 1913 to 2007

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NMSU Research Report 763, November, 2008 By Danise Coon, Eric Votava, and Paul W. Bosland Photos by Paul W. Bosland, Dave DeWitt, and Harald Zoschke The New Mexican-type chile is an important ingredient in the Southwestern food industry. Chiles have grown from a regional food for tourists to an important international export. Improvement of New Mexican chile cultivars through breeding …


New Mexico Chile Pepper History Through 1973

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By Tom Clevenger and David G. Kraenzel   Chile has been produced in the Rio Grande Valley for almost 400 years. The following excerpt from the Rio Abajo Press, February 2, 1863, indicates the importance of the crop more than 100 years ago: “Congress takes fifty thousand dollars out of the pockets of the people of the United States to …

Fabian Garcia

Chile Culture, by Fabian Garcia

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In 1907, Fabian Garcia, a horticulturist at the Agricultural Experiment Station at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University) began his first experiments in breeding more standardized chile varieties, and in 1908 published “Chile Culture,” the first chile bulletin from the Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1913, Garcia became director of the Experiment Station …