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Hatch Chiles

Sep 19, 2018

It's that time of year again: hatch chile time! They are only available for a short time so grab them while you can. 

Appearance & Flavor
Hatch chiles have their bright green and shiny flesh. When choosing your chiles, pick those that are heavy for their size, have medium-firm skin, are bright in color, have smooth skin, and, of course, not misshapen.

Ways to Enjoy
Kick your summer salad up a few notches with this recipe. Or try making the infamous chile relleno dish. Roasted is their claim to fame, but they are also great in soups, salads, sandwiches, dips, and salsas.

Availability & Origin 
Originally from Hatch, New Mexico, these chiles grow in the Hatch Valley, stretching along the Rio Grande. Other 'hatch' chiles grow in Colorado, Arizona, Mexico, and even China, but they cannot carry the true hatch name unless they come from the Valley. They typically start growing from mid-August until mid-September.

Storage 
Store unprepared chiles unwashed in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to five days of use. After being roasted, you have many storage options in order to enjoy them past their short season. 

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