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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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