Heritage chile plants were used to develop the modern New Mexico chile peppers by horticulturist Fabián Garcia and his students and were first grown by Pueblo and Hispano communities throughout Santa Fe de Nuevo México. New Mexico green chile flavor has been described as lightly pungent similar to an onion, or like garlic with a subtly sweet, spicy, crisp, and smoky taste. The ripened red retains the flavor, but adds an earthiness and bite while aging mellows the front-heat and delivers more of a back-heat.

New Mexico Chile Peppers--DRIED