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For New Mexicans, autumn is marked by the delicious smell of green chile and the sound of roaring roasters in parking lots all over the state. The chile harvest coincides with annual fiestas and end of summer celebrations. Through time, chile has been interwoven into the ritual and cultural heritage of New Mexicans. Now, chile is preserved throughout the year as the staple of the state's cuisine. Chile is so popular in New Mexico, we had to become the only state in the nation to have an official question:
Red or Green?
Red and green chile are the same pepper. Even though these two peppers originate from the same plant, they each taste and are processed in distinct ways.
Green chile retains the freshness of growth because it is unripe when picked. During roasting, the water filled glands of the fresh chile steam, blistering the skin. The hard membrane of the pepper breaks down and what remains is a smokey, spicy chile, soaking in its self produced oils. The spice of green chile starts slow but builds quickly in intensity, lending to its addictive nature. The more you eat, the more spicy it is, and the only cure is to eat more!
Red chile is left on the vine to fully mature. The pepper slowly turns red, and begins to wilt under the New Mexico sun. Once fully ripened, they are picked and dehydrated further, traditionally on long, handmade ristras and now in commercial machines. Once completely dried, the whole peppers are usually stone ground into a fine red powder. Red chile has a deep earthy flavor and a very forward spice. The boldness of red chile can be compared to a rich dark chocolate or a deep red wine and pairs excellent with beef and pork.
Can't decide on red or green? Most of us can't either. That's why we usually take both and answer with, "Christmas, please!"
Los Roast is committed to providing the best chile New Mexico has to offer. All of our chile is sourced directly from the farmers in Hatch, NM. The process we use maintains the flavor and expands the shelf life of green chile, which is arguably better than freezing it.
Fellow New Mexicans,
We understand how many times you've been excited to find supposed green chile out of state, only to be greatly disappointed when you taste it. You should understand, we don't compromise when it comes to flavor. In fact, we promise to be better than Bueno or your money back. You'll never have to worry about using the last of your yearly supply again, and with Los Roast chile you can liberate your freezer space!