Last time I wrote I promised to tell you about the new varieties of chile we’ll have for you this coming growing season. So hold onto your sombrero!
The first Chile you’ll see in our corral is an Heirloom Anaheim Chile from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. It’s the mildest-mannered chile in the herd, packed with flavor without all the heat. But don’t think for a minute it won’t make your eyebrows rise.
Scoville heat rating: 500 to 1000 units
Our second chile is the Anaheim NuMex Joe E. Parker. A plump, meaty 8 to 10 inches long with a temperature level set at medium. It’s great in salsas, as a roasted green chile or a dried red chile for powder.
Scoville heat rating: 900 to 1,500 units
Next up to be roped and branded is the Anaheim NuMex Heritage Big Jim. The biggest chile pepper we grow at 12 to 14 inches long, has a consistent hot temperature level, but packed with flavor. Makes the very best chile relleños (peppers stuffed with cheese, or meat and cheese and then battered and fried), great for roasting and freezing, or a tasty chile powder. Once it turns bright red, make it into an excellent home-canned hot pimento, Or it can be laid out in groups, dried, tied in ristras and hung in storage for later use.
Scoville heat rating: 1,500 – 2,500 units
The fourth chile variety in our herd is the NuMex Vaquero. This is our smallest chile, a jalapeño by ancestry, but bred to be hot by nature with more flavor than full-blooded jalapeños. It’ll not only add spice but will heat up anyone’s life.
Scoville heat rating: 2,500 – 5,000 units
Last but not least in our Dixie Chile Ranch chile herd is the Red Caribbean Habanero, the Brahma bull of chile. It has a Very HOT attitude that’s likely to knock your socks and zapatas off! Bright red with a fruity aroma, and, Very Very HOT!! Chile fans love this chile.
Scoville heat rating:100,000 – 350,000 units
So, mosey on out and watch ‘em grow. Just don’t let your tastebuds start a stampede!
Más tarde, mis amigos, (Later my friends)