Chimayó Chiles Are Not a Myth Like Hatch Chiles Are

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Chile growers in Chimayó, c. 1950

For years I’ve been writing that Hatch chiles don’t exist and are a total myth, but this time I’m writing about the northern New Mexico Chimayó chiles that are an endangered food crop.  They are a land race of chiles, meaning that they have been grown in the same area for hundreds of years and thus have become, with the hand of man, a cultivated variety.  An institute has been formed to save the Chimayó chiles and they are making a slight comeback.  To read our article on northern New Mexico land races of chiles, go here.  To read about the Native Hispanic Institute, go here.

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