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Chile peppers are an amazing source of vitamin A, B, and C.  They are high in fiber, phytonutrients and Capsaicin.  Capsaicin is being researched for its preventive effects on cancer at several major universities. 

These peppers also pack a punch for your metabolism. Capsaicin has an effect that is similar to green tea (ECCG) and caffeine and has been shown to stimulate weight loss when eaten as part of a healthy diet.

Capsaicin is a safe and effective topical analgesic agent and is used in the treatment of arthritis, shingles (herpes zoster), nerve damage, and even migraines.   It is also used in pepper spray – hence the name.  

There are many delicious ways to consume chile.  New Mexico is known for it’s enchiladas, rellenos, chile con…

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You may have wondered what the colourful string of red peppers gracing the entrances of homes and offices around Santa Fe is all about.  Today, I am glad to share with you the story of the ristra.  Not only is it a beautiful and festive decoration, but it is also of practical use, as a way to dry chiles and preserve them for future consumption.  


A ristra is a string of drying chile pepper pods composed typically of large New Mexican chiles or Anaheim peppers, although any kind of chile may be used to construct it.  Chiles are in the genus Capsicum, which is in the nightshade family, and includes (interestingly) the tomato, potato, eggplant, tobacco and the petunia.  Colloquially, chiles are often referred to as "peppers," however, they are…

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