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We will hand select a beautiful red chile ristra and deliver it to your special special person as a unique gift.
Ristras are the strings of chile you see hanging along fences, on patios and on portals all over New Mexico. Ristras are sometimes used for decoration, and are said to bring good health and good luck. Often, they are hung up to dry for later cooking and eating.
What is a Chile?
Chiles are in the genus Capsicum, and the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes other New World plants, such as the tomato, potato, eggplant, tobacco and the petunia. While we sometimes refer to chiles as "peppers," they are not related to Piper nigrum, the source of black pepper.
Chiles range from the sweet bell pepper to the fiery hot habenero. They are considered a vegetable when green, and a spice when dried. Botanically, Chile fruits are considered berries.
The word "Chile" is a variation of "chil" derived from the Nahuatl (Aztec) dialect. The "e" ending is the correct Hispanic spelling of the word.