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A 400 year old Chimayo Tradition...

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Chimayo chile is tied into long strings to dry naturally in the sun.

Sun Dried Chile
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2006 Chimayo Chile Project,

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ANTONIO MEDINA, farmer, ties Chimayo chile strings and hangs them on the sides of the house to dry.

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Hanging strings of chile on the side of homes grew out of necessity.  It is an indigenous technique used for drying chile in order to keep it preserved through the wintertime.  

 

Along with keeping alive many of our native agricultural practices, traditional Pueblo and Hispanic communities in Northern New Mexico still hand-tie and hang their chile on their houses to dry.  
 
Being such a beautiful sight, the non-agricultural sectors celebrate the tradition of drying red chile in the sun.   
 
In New Mexico it is common to see chile ristras, (decorative strings of chile) hanging from porches and roofs

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