Hatch Green Chile Season

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I can’t even begin to describe that first whiff Hatch chiles roasting on an open fire. But, it’s that time of the year again.  Not to be confused with other chile peppers, like jalapeños, serranos or poblanos that that are also green in color, Hatch chiles are a specific variety of green chile grown in the Hatch Valleys of New Mexico. For those of us fortunate to live in the Southwest, we can purchase them fresh in the store and many stores roast them on the spot. I prefer to buy fresh and roast them at home myself. I also will buy them in bulk in order to vacuum seal and freeze for other times of the year. For those without access to fresh varieties, you can find them canned. These usually are very acceptable substitutes in most recipes.

The benefits…

Green chiles are naturally packed with Vitamin A (essential for maintenance of teeth, bones, mucous membranes, eyes and skin) as well as Vitamin C (as a vitamin helps body maintain and repair the body and as an antioxidant helps the body fight infections.) The chemical compound capsaicin , that gives them the spice, also releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are naturally occurring “pleasure” neurotransmitters. They are produced by the hypothalamus in response to excitement, exercise, pain (for relief of), love, orgasm and in this case, eating spicy foods. Recent studies by the American Association for Cancer Research, also points to the ability of capsacin to help manage the spread of certain cancers.

The recipes…

Whether you pick some up for the health benefit or just because you love the burn, be sure to grab some chiles on your next trip to the farmers market or store and check out these great recipes!!!

How to Roast Hatch Green Chiles

Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Coffee Rubbed Ribs with Hatch Green Chile BBQ

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