Anaheim Peppers

“So, what’s the difference between New Mexico green chile and the Anaheim peppers I see in the grocery store?” Good question.

Anaheim peppers are a direct descendant or cultivar of the New Mexico type pod. In fact all generally mild peppers with a long flat pointed pod type are cultivars of “New Mexico No. 9″ released in 1913 by a horticulturist named Dr. Fabian Garcia who was with the college now known as New Mexico State University.

Seeds from “New Mexico No. 9″ were taken to the Anaheim area of Southern California where they became widely cultivated.

Because of climate differences New Mexico chiles have one growing season per year but are grown pretty much year round in Anaheim with a wider distribution. That’s why you are more likely to see them in your local mega-mart.

However, it is those soil and climate differences that make New Mexico chiles better tasting and a little hotter. At least that is the opinion of New Mexico chile aficionados like me.

6 Responses to “Anaheim Peppers”

  1. LYDIA says:

    I am looking for a website that sells already roasted and peeled anaheim peppers for myself and my Mom know of any?

  2. admin says:

    Lydia,
    I don’t know of any. However, Anaheim peppers are basically New Mexican green chile peppers, only grown in Southern California. Here are a couple sites that sell roasted and peeled New Mexico green chile peppers. The first one sells a mild pepper that would be very close to Anaheim.
    http://hatchnmgreenchile.com/
    http://www.hatch-chile.com/

  3. Chris says:

    Anaheim chilies are grown in both California and Mexico. The California season runs from May – November, and the Mexican season runs from November through August. While the shape is similar, the Anaheim and New Mexico hatch chili come from different seeds. The Hatch chili was originally developed by the University of New Mexico. Ralphs, Northgate, and Big Saver markets in Los Angeles all did New Mexico Hatch chili roastings this year. You could get a 30# sack roasted for around $30-$35. If you live in Southern California, it was a much better deal compared to some of the online suppliers.

  4. admin says:

    In the Texas, Central Market does Hatch chile roastings this time of year for about the same price you mentioned. I still have some in my freezer from last year.

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  6. Dale says:

    Ortega Roasted green chiles are Anaheim/Hatch Chiles. You can buy them at virtually any supermarket and they are amazing.

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