Hatch, New Mexico Chiles
The small town of Hatch, New Mexico is known all over the world
for their chile harvests. Each year, during the Labor Day
weekend, Hatch expands from approximately 1600 people to almost
30,000 people for the Hatch Chile festival.
Hatch chiles are celebrated for their wonderful flavor. In
particular, there are 5 to 6 main varieties of Hatch chiles that are
cultivated each year. The cool New Mexico nights and intense
sunlight during the day produce uniquely flavored chiles.
Hatch New Mexico chiles have a very short growing season, and
this makes anticipation for the harvest each year even more
exciting. The chiles are planted each spring and harvested mid
to late August.
New Mexico chiles are so well-known for their flavor that many
chile producers market their chiles are being from New Mexico when,
in reality, they are chile impostors. Not anymore. The
New Mexico Chile Advertising Act states that a chile must be grown
in New Mexico soil if it is to be labelled and sold as a New Mexico
Now go out and buy some AUTHENTIC Hatch New Mexico chiles.
Use a few in a great chili recipe. Roast a few and freeze them
for use later in the year when you can't buy them fresh. Stock
up now and enjoy!