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New Mexico Now Depends Upon Mexican Chiles

The recent news that harvested chile pepper acreage in New Mexico had dropped to a “mere” 8,700 acres, down from a high of 29,000 acres more than a decade ago, has politicians screaming about “fake New Mexican chiles” being imported from Mexico.  But these Mexican chiles are hardly fakes–they are the same varieties developed by …

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The Soul of the Mexicans, Part 1

Chile is so ingrained into the culture of Mexico that chile expert Arturo Lomelí wrote: “Chile, they say, is the king, the soul of the Mexicans–a nutrient, a medicine, a drug, a comfort. For many Mexicans, if it were not for the existence of chile, their national identity would begin to disappear.” Early Origins In …