2016 Santa Fe Folk Art Market will soon be here! Santa Fe travelers don’t miss out on any of it‘s offerings! Hard to describe but we’ll try: Santa Fe Folk Art Market is “Unique”, “Innovative”, “Interesting”, “Intriguing”, “Whimsical” and so much more. Honestly words do not pay the whole Folk Art market experience justice! Santa Fe Folk Art Market is simply an annual New Mexico Event visitors must experience first hand. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe hosts guests from all over the US and World each year who come to this one-of-a-kind event- the largest Folk Art Market in the World! Santa Fe New Mexico travelers converge July 9,10,11,12 celebrating diverse cultures, traditions, faiths, dress and foods! So don’t miss out- here some visitor information we hope you‘ll find helpful:
Where to Stay: Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” Santa Fe b&b three years in a row! Most convenient for Folk Art Market Attendees as it’s 3 minute stroll to P.E.R.A pick up/drop free shuttle location to all Market events! Due to popularity, limited rooms and affordablity Folk Art Market visitors should call now! Direct Bookings only at this historic adobe pueblo-style Santa Fe b&b, quietly nestled in “prime” downtown location! 1-800-461-4599 See Summer Specials: HERE!
Santa Fe Folk Art Market Schedule 2016:
Friday July 10: 6:30 – 9 PM: Market Opening Party – Gathering under the stars!
Tickets $225 ($125 tax deductible). Shop, dance, listen to international music, enjoy international food and drink tasting. Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests will walk to free shuttle service to Museum Hill (location of Market event). Shuttles run from 6 to 9:15pm TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE for Market Opening Party- no ticket sales at the gate.
Saturday July 11: International Folk Art Market Santa Fe
Early Bird Market 7:30 am to 9am Be early and meet the artists first hand without the crowd! Tickets: $75- include all day Saturday Market!
Regular Market 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult $15 if purchased before June 1; $20.00 after; youth 16 and under are free! Ticket includes: entrance to the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill. Explore the market, international foods, entertainment.
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
Sunday July 12: Folk Art Market- Family Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adult tickets $10.00 before June 1; $15 after June 1; Youth 16 and under are free! Ticket price includes admission to Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture! Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests can easily walk to Shuttle pick up/drop off which will run from 8 am to 5:15 pm. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
For information on Santa Fe International Folk Art Market- visit International Folk Art Museum’s website at: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/eventsedu/jul.html
Where to Eat: Walk to Santa Fe finest restuarants from the P.E.R.A shuttle drop off location or Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Here are a few excellent choices to consider: Restaurant Martin; Pink Adobe; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Tomasitas; The Thunderbird on the plaza; La Boca; El Meson; Pranzo’s Italian Grill; Saveur Bistro; and so many more! Don’t forget the cafe at Museum Hill- try thier desserts and herbal teas!
Blog Compliments of: Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Santa Fe, NM
2015 Folk Art Market Information from International Folk Art Market website.
History of Tamales
This blog has been prepared for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe. In response to the popularity of our New Mexico red chile pork tamales served hot daily for breakfast. We hope you enjoy the History of the Tamale!!
“Tamale” is derived from the word tamalii an Aztec word meaning “wrapped food”. Though we are not certain when or who invented the tamale, we do know tamales were written about since pre-Columbian days. Aztecs served Spaniard soldiers tamales during visits to Mexico in the 1550’s. Tamales were eaten by soldiers on long sojourns into Mexico as tamales are portable and easy to heat.
Tamales have been eaten in the United States since at least 1893 when they were featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition. A tradition of roving tamale sellers was documented in early 20th-century in blue/ragtime music song “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.
While Mexican-style and other Latin American-style tamales are featured at ethnic restaurants throughout the United States, Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe proudly features our traditional New Mexico red chile pork tamale! A distinctly indigenous tribute to New Mexico culture, tradition and cuisine.
Tamales typically are not made every day, as they once were, as they are very labor intensive. Rather you find tamales being made for special occasions like the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Native American Feast Days, New Year’s or just about any other family or holiday celebration. Tamale making is usually a family affair! Traditionally family members gather together and make fillings and masa the day before. Day 2 creates an assembly line- family of all ages form to spread the masa on corn husks, fill and fold the tamales. Once the tamales are assembled, they are steamed and finally eaten. Usually hundreds of tamales are made at once so everyone can take some home and share with friends and family. Guests of Pueblo Bonito, though not required to create the tamale, are warmly invited to our tables to share as friends in this delectable tradition of hospitality- enjoy!
Fetish carvings and Native American symbolism found frequently on crafts items like pottery, jewelry, bead or leather work, paintings, carvings, etc are part of an ancient culture and religion which is extremely complex. Zuni fetishes, known to the Shiwi people as wemawe, are small stone animal carvings made by talented artisans of the Zuni Pueblo. Due to the remote location in Northwest New Mexico, the Zuni people have been able to retain a great deal of their culture and religion despite being among the most studied Native American people by anthropologists, past and present. It is my experience that though Native American culture and tradition can differ between tribes/sects, there are many agreed to meanings of the symbols found throughout the craft works, etc. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features several Native American Artisans from local NM Pueblos- two of which are Marilyn Ray (Acoma) and Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo). Well known and respected artisans within their Pueblo cultures- each proudly carry on ancestral traditions of craftsmanship and storytelling. The following should provide some insight as to meanings of Native American symbols, Native American fetishes, and materials used in their artwork.
Native American Symbolism Guide
Bears: symbolizes physical strength, leadership and is known as the “first helper”.
Bear Paws: are a symbol representing inner strength.
Feathers: symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent a Creative Force.
Kokopelli: a common fertility symbol thought to bring fertility to women drawn to his flute playing. He also represents the spirit of music.
Eagle: Master of sky; carrier of prayers. Admired for bravery and special connections to the creator.
Buffalo: Spiritual protector bringing nourishment to body & soul. A White Buffalo symbolizes peace.
Dream Catcher: It is believed the web tangles bad dreams & prevents them from passing through. Good dreams slip through the center. Each morning sunlight purifies the web of bad dreams.
Arrowhead: Represents the hunter and symbolizes the adventurer within each of us.
Zuni Bear: The Guardian of the Earth. A heart-line arrow going from head to heart symbolizes a warrior’s heart is strong like the bear’s.
Native American Stone Meanings
CORAL: is known to be very soothing and very protective. It is of an organic origin, being the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.
TURQUOISE: It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
RUBY: A gemstone, ruby is thought to speed the healing of body, mind and spirit. It is believed to aid in psychic development while it energizes. It’s a good stone for just about everyone.
LAPIS: Lapis is the perfect stone for wisdom and fortitude. It is also believed to be an excellent stone for decision makers. It helps increase psychic ability.
OPAL: Most people know Opal for it’s distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word “Oplus” meaning precious stone. Opal is October’s birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one’s psychic and mystical qualities.
ONYX: It is a semi-precious gemstone, and it is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Onyx is also known to be a calming stone. Native Americans believe it collects negative energy from you while wearing it.
MALACHITE: It is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern Indian jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.
TIGER”S EYE: Also called Tigers eye or Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone. Tiger Eye stone contains a golden yellow reflection on a brown ground color. The most important source of tiger eye is South Africa, but it is also found in California. Native American Indians believe it conveys courage and protection.
PEARLS: Pearls are known to stabilize and balance emotions. They are believed to help your body in using calcium better. For Native Americans pearls are full of purity and integrity.
RHODOCHROSITE: A mineral mined in the U.S., rhodochrosite is known to strengthen self- identity; helps heal deep emotional trauma and balances with a loving vibration. JET: It is an organic gemstone which was highly popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has been traditionally fashioned into rosaries for monks. In the U.S. long necklaces of jet beads were very popular during the 1920s, or Roaring Twenties, when women and young flappers would wear multiple strands of jet beads stretching from the neckline to the waistline. Today it is used to beautify Native American Indian jewelry.
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM proudly features both of these talented Native American Artists and their crafts in our gift gallery. Unique and culturally different New Mexico locally crafted gifts- perfect for gift giving. Valentines is coming up…..why not consider giving the gift of travel and experience our unique historic adobe pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe Bed Breakfast. Book Now and experience a one-of-a-kind New Mexico lodging experience! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 and allow us to assist you. www.pueblobonitoinn.com
#1 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – part 2 here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips-2-in-series.html
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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip
A wonderful scenic 40 minutes drive from historic downtown Santa Fe and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Great for half day or full day trip up into the Jemez mountains in Northern New Mexico. Once in the park, guests walk through ancient Indian Ruins, view Native American petroglyphs and explore historic cliff dwellings and climbs on handcrafted kiva ladders. Ancient ruins date back to 1250 AD! A novice skill level, one mile-long hike weaves Santa Fe day trippers past petroglyphs, masonry walls built into a cliff face to the pinnacle “long house”. Ancestral Pueblo people left Frijoles Canyon sometime after 1250, for reasons unknown. Bandelier is our 2016 #1 Top Santa Fe Day Trip for visitors – you will very much enjoy this special New Mexico highlight. Pueblo people thrived in this area near Los Alamos in what is now Bandelier National Monument- 10,000 years ago. The Bandelier National Park covers 33,677 acres within Frijoles Canyon and is filled with lush pine forests, wildlife and clear blue skies. An easy, enjoyable and certain to please Santa Fe day trip put first on our list of BEST Santa Fe Day Trips and Travel Suggestions!
“Add On” Options for Santa Fe Day Tripping:
- San Ildefonso Pueblo– We highly suggest pairing a Day Trip to Bandelier with a quick visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo. After exploring history, why not contrast an active living Native American Pueblo? Known for black on black method of pottery design made famous by Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso pueblo people are mutli-talented, kind hearted and welcoming. Be prepared to enjoy some beautiful handcrafts!
- Santa Clara Pueblo– personal guided tours of the Santa Clara Puye Cliff Dwellings (similar to Bandelier). An option to consider – especially for returning Santa Fe visitors. Having a one-on-one interaction with a native Santa Claran guide can only prove to enhance any Day Trip experience of Northern New Mexico! Fee charged per person.
- Santa Fe Golf at Towa Golf Course: off 285 in Tesuque, NM. 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf course with rolling hill fairways with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Santa Fe County! We don’t suggest making this your “destination”, but adding a half day of golf when in Santa Fe could be a lot of fun!
- Bradbury Museum: in Los Alamos, NM. Extremely interesting, informative National History Museum documenting the Manhattan Project. Real film footage of the US President and historic news broadcasts of the atomic bomb project. Exhibits highlighting benefits of our National Defense funding also presented.
Restaurants/ Wineries/ Distilleries (AKA: The Foodie Side of Santa Fe Day Tripping):
- Gabrielle Restaurant: 285 in Tesuque, NM (10 min from our historic adobe Santa Fe Inn). Our favorite menu items: House margarita; Guacamole and chips; Chicken Chimi.
- Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant- Highway 501 in Chimayo, NM. Our Favorite menu items: House margarita; Green Chile Chicken Enchilada with Sour Cream; Sopapillas
- Estrella del Norte: Award winning Winery. Excellent side trip toward Chimayo, NM for an afternoon wine tasting! Lovely back patio/grounds and fun gift shop!
- Don Quixote Distillery: 285 in Espanola, NM. Famous for NM Blue Corn Vodka or Bourbon! Great experience in spirit tastings. Blue Corn spirits make great gifts for folks left behind!
- Blue Heron: Located on the plaza in Espanola, NM. Tasting house is features local home brews made fresh daily.
Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn: Located in Santa Fe at 138 W Manhattan Ave. Uniquely, enchanting. Adobe pueblo-style bed and breakfast. TOP for two reasons:
- 1. Most authentically preserved historic downtown Santa Fe lodging. A must do for enhancing a Native American Historic Santa Fe Experience! Traditional, authentic New Mexico adobe architecture- one of a kind! 154 yrs of southwest US history exudes from this privately owned estate turned bed and breakfast in 1986. True Santa Fe accomodations to transform a stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico into a cultural, historic lodging experience! THE Best way to compliment a day trip to Bandelier National Monument!
- 2. People! Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm have 30+ consecutive years at Pueblo Bonito and 55+ living in New Mexico living! We serve guests need: help plan, recommend, provide welcoming hospitality and everything that goes along with great Santa Fe Vacation Travel experiences! Guests know what to expect – the REAL thing! Real history. Real Adobe. Real wood burning kivas. Real people! Nothing phony or make believe here! Voted “Guest Favorite” over 8,200 properties in US and Canada (2011; 12; 13! Rated “Excellent” TripAdvisor 2010, 11 ,12, 13, 14, 15!).
Our knowledge and insight into the region, culture, cuisine and travel in New Mexico is priceless. We make Santa Fe come to life! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599- You’ll be glad you did.
Santa Fe Ski Report
Courtesy: The New Mexican (Santa Fe’s News source!) By Dan Schwartz
Skiing Santa Fe New Mexico has never been better! Ski Santa Fe Mountain 100% open: 79/79 trails open! 7/7 lift open!
Come enjoy our powder packed downhill or snowboard skiing- and save! Ski Santa Fe NOW (see packages).
The North Central Regional Transit District on Christmas Eve will begin sending buses up and down the road to the Santa Fe ski resort, Ski Santa Fe, seven times daily until New Year’s Day.
Normally, the district’s Blue Buses drive to the Santa Fe ski area three times a day during the week, beginning from the South Capitol Rail Runner Station. But on the holiday schedule, buses will leave the station at 8, 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and at 1:15, 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. The buses stop at the Fort Marcy Recreation Complex and Hyde State Park before turning around at the ski area.
The fare is $5 each way, and riders must provide exact amount.
The transit district began running buses up Hyde Park Road in late September as part of an eight-month trial period. In the first week, it had 38 riders. But by Week 9, when the ski lifts began running, 69 people a week were riding the new route, and that number climbed to 158 in Week 12, with a day left to go.
“Numbers are running about 300 percent over what they had been” in the first week, he said.
To date, the transit district has spent more than $160,000 on the route.
Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, the city of Santa Fe’s tourism bureau, said Ski Santa Fe is one of the more underestimated ski areas in the country. It’s not as large as Taos, Vail or Aspen, he said, but this Santa Fe ski are has smaller crowds and cheaper tickets.
“And frankly, most ski towns have shuttles to take people to their ski areas, and I think Santa Fe should think of itself more as a ski town,” Randall said.
He said the transit district should measure the route’s initial success not by how many people ride the buses but by the consistency of its schedule.
There you have it! Another reason New Mexico skiers flock to Santa Fe Ski basin. Ski Santa Fe is open and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is ready to accommodate single to family ski travelers. Early Booking Skiiers Packages include: Breakfast tamales, downtown Santa Fe parking, Afternoon tea time, WiFi and a prime location to walk to your favorite watering hole, shop, museum or late night music entertainment. Give us a call 1-800-461-4599
Okay folks… you asked for it! Needless to say, we receive numerous inquiries about green chile… how to make it; how to cook it; how to store it; how to roast it; how to peel it; etc. So due to popular request, we have provided some basic information for our beloved chile lover guests who want to know! Enjoy- COMPLIMENTS OF INN AT PUEBLO BONITO- SANTA FE
CHILE 101: PREPARATION, HANDLING AND STORING NEW MEXICO CHILE
Chile – both Red and Green – are essential ingredients in traditional New Mexican cooking. Of course, one can buy already prepped and ready to go chile, but Santa Fe chefs know chile taste better when prepared in season and fresh. Doing it yourself not only is more economical, but it’s fun too! An experience of authentic New Mexico culture and history. Below is everything you need to know to become a “chile pro”. Go ahead, take your New Mexico cooking to the next level!
Perfect Chile Roasting 101:
ROASTING FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES AT HOME
- It’s easy! Roast fresh New Mexico chile pods in an oven; on top of a gas stove; or on an outdoor grill!
- Begin with New Mexico grown green chiles- they are the most frequently roasted! About twenty minutes for oven roasting putting a single layer of green chile on baking sheet. Blister chile at 450° F (blackening skins in many spots) and turn as needed for uniformed scorching or until chiles collapse.
- If roasting just a few green pods, hold with tongs over flame of a gas burner for a few minutes. Turn to blacken all over, or use an asador (wire-mesh griddle).
- If using a gas or charcoal grill, place green chile on grate over hot fire, searing all sides- about ten minutes.
- Roast fresh red pods the same ways, but because of their higher moisture content, keep from blistering and blackening as fully as green. Judge their readiness by looking for loosening skin with deep brown shades.
STEAM AND PEEL FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES
After roasting red or green chile, steam pods immediately to loosen skins.
- Place pods in a Ziploc plastic bag or covered bowl. Let sit five to ten minutes until cool enough to handle.
- Peeling quantities of chiles, require rubber gloves! Avoid capsaicin (substance that gives the pods heat) getting onto your hands- it doesn’t wash off easily and can irritate skin.
- Strip off the outer skin or peel. If tempted to run water over chiles to help in the process (some peel is bound to stick)- Don’t do it! As this will dilutes the flavor. Instead, rinse gloved hands under running water.
- Remove all stems and seeds unless plans include stuffing chiles. In this case, leave the stem and any seeds still attached to avoid weakening the pod.
GREEN CHILE SAUCE RECIPE: Servings: 4 cups
Green chile sauce is an essential ingredient in New Mexican recipes. Green chile sauce can be frozen- so feel free to be creative and smother any/all meats, eggs, pasta, etc with this highly popular accompaniment! This green chile sauce will be a welcomed treat packing a punch of flavor and spice to any dish. If planning ahead, remember this keeps for 3 days refrigerated otherwise it freezes well!
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ to 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped roasted New Mexican green chile, fresh or thawed frozen
- 2 cups chicken or beef stock
- ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- Warm the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and continue cooking for another 1 or 2 minutes.
- Mix in the chile. Immediately begin pouring in the stock, stirring as you go, then add the salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until thickened but still very pourable. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.
RED CHILE SAUCE RECIPE:
Another staple in New Mexican cooking! Use red sauce in enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or smothered on top of basically anything. This sauce will keep up to 6 days refrigerated and freezes well.
Servings: 4 cups
- Toast dried whole chile pods in a heavy skillet over medium heat until they are warm and release their fragrance, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
- Remove the chiles from the skillet immediately. When cool enough to handle, break each chile pod into several pieces (wearing rubber or plastic gloves if your skin is sensitive), discarding the stem and seeds.
- Place half the chile pieces in a blender and pour in one-half of the water or stock. Puree until mostly smooth but with a few flecks of chile still visible in the liquid.
- Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté several minutes until the onion is limp.
- Pour in the blended chile mixture, then add oregano and salt.
- Puree the remaining chiles with the remaining water and pour it into the sauce in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for a total of 20 to 25 minutes.
- After about 15 minutes, taste the sauce and adjust seasonings. When ready, the sauce will be cooked down enough to coat a spoon thickly but still drop off of it easily. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.
- 8 ounces (about 20 to 25) dried whole red New Mexican chile pods, mild, medium, hot, or a combination
- 4 cups water or chicken stock (divided use)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 to 2 teaspoons crumbled dried Mexican oregano, or marjoram
- 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Anytime of year is an excellent time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico! Foods, flavors, colors, clear skies, world class museums, art, culture, skiing and so much more! But the Fall- October, November are Chile harvest times! Fresh Chile is abundant. Then December while New Mexicans are preparing for Holidays- chiles are plentiful in local markets. Rejenos, tamales, stews, posole are local traditional favorites. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features the BEST Red Chile Pork Tamales in the State of New Mexico every morning for breakfast- all year round! So, we invite you to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico and feast on our local cuisine featuring the beloved red or green chile. You won’t be sorry! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 if we can be of assistance. We’d love to host you on your next historic Santa Fe vacation get away! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe!
Halloween in Santa Fe
- The Museum of Art – the Fall of Modernism with Halloween Modernist-style.
- Music of Big Swing Theory at St. Francis Auditorium. People dressed as dead artists and legends of New Mexico will make appearances. Kids can enjoy treasure hunts or participate in Katie May Be Morbid Card-Making.
- New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors -the Telling New Mexico. Discover people dressed as historical figures who offer clues to family-friendly puzzles. Halloween masks of historical New Mexico characters. Noted author and folklorist Nasario García will tell traditional tales of ghosts, witches and boogeymen in the Palace of the Governors at 6 pm.
Red chile ristras are strung pods of dried red chile frequently displayed near arches, front doors and windows throughout New Mexico. They are iconic in Santa Fe for decorating, especially during harvest months- September and October. Holidays also are popular times and are symbolic of a warm, inviting “welcome.” Ristras have practical uses as well. Red Chile is the featured ingredient of delicious sauces, marinade, and traditional New Mexican culinary dishes.
New Mexico’s arid climate and abundant sunshine provide ideal conditions for annual chile crops which on average produce 80,000 tons a year. Late summer, early fall are unique times when large chile pepper crops are harvested and frequently picked fresh, roasted and eaten as green chile. When the fruit is left on the plant a little longer to ripen, it turns a vibrant red. This causes the fruit to completely change its properties and then is dried, crushed and eaten. Red chile is often strung up into chile ristras to dehydrate in the sun.
Traditional methods were to sun-dry fruits by laying them out, however, contamination among birds and rodents has prompted people to begin tying them together in strings and hanging them on walls, etc. However, you can still see rooftops of homes, stores covered in red chile for drying purposes – especially in the little town of Hatch NM! Hatch is known at the Chile Capital of the World and rightly so. It grows more green chile than anywhere on earth and its crops are highly sought after by locals and tourists alike! As ristras dry their color darkens to a subtle rusty red color. At this point, they are ready to use in cooking or as decoration as ristras!
Dried Red Chile Ristra as Decorations:
Fall traditions of Santa Fe, New Mexico include red chile ristras adorning farmer’s markets and roadside stands around the state. Red Chile Ristras are commonly used for decoration as seen with backgrounds of adobe brown buildings. They are said to bring health and good luck! Interested in taking a good luck chile ristra home with you? We invite you to enjoy the thrill of fall Santa Fe travel with the purpose of purchasing a red chile ristras for yourself. They make great gifts too! A visit to Santa Fe in fall is much more advised as boxing and mailing isn’t a preferred method in handeling these beauties! Thier vibrant red color makes for a memorable statement for welcomed guests. New Mexico’s arid dry climate provides a perfect showcase for these lovely hanging chiles, however they might not do so well back home. If visiting Santa Fe from a more humid state, your ristra may need to be treated with lacquer before taking it home. Lacquer will help preserve the chile from moisture in the air and avoid messes later on. We use Aquanet hairspray on ours- even in Santa Fe to highlight the color, prevent flying pests from enjoying the chile, and simply to provide a longer hanging life!
Dried Chile in Cooking
Use dried red chile in cooking, either crushed as powder or rehydrated, blended, boiled and then strained to make red chile sauce (also just called “red chile”). Red Chile, along with green chile, is a staple in traditional New Mexican cuisine! Red chile sauces can be ladled over dishes, such as enchiladas and tamales; used as base for stews, such as posole; or marinade for meats, as with carne adovada. Green chile, however, is most often used in soups, dips and chowders. Regardless of how you choose to use chile- red or green- it’s a New Mexico tradition! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is famous for thier “Pueblo Tamale” which is featured every morning for breakfast. How better to start your day than a red chile pork tamale with fresh fruit and coffee?