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Chile Pepper Profile #7 – Chile del monte

Chile del monte


These SPECIAL RESERVE peppers are grown wild throughout southtexas and mexico. Our chiletepins are picked and gathered on a private farm just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, these little peppers having been growing wild in the desert for ages. People in the local area refer to these chiles as “Chile del Monte” (chile from the mountains) but they are of the Chiltepin variety which we know as Tepins.

5 things you may not know about Chile Peppers

According to Stephanie Walker, an “extension vegetable specialist” at the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, chiles are tough crop for farmers because they’re sensitive to drought and parasites, and they have to be harvested by hand.

Here are a few of her facts on chilies:

  • If you just bite into the tip of a very hot chili pepper and not into the placenta or vein, you won’t get any heat.
  • Chile peppers and bell peppers are the exact same genus and species.
  • The heat in chili peppers is not detected by birds.
  • Chile pepper is used to feed flamingos in zoos to keep them pink.
  • Chemicals from the peppers are put in paints to put on boats to keep barnacles from attaching to the sides.

Chile Pepper Profile #4 – Big Jim

Big Jim
The cultivar, ‘NuMex Big Jim’ has smooth green foliage with small white flowers. The Pod color begins as green and matures into a rich red. Largest New Mexican Pepper. Pod is thick, pointed and measures up to 12 inches long by 2.5 inches wide. Mild taste. C. annuum is very diverse since it includes both hot and sweet peppers but common to most are smooth green leaves and strong branches. It is thought to have originated in Bolivia or Southern Brazil.

Attention Chileheads, one of ours needs your help

Just saw this blog post from a fellow Chile farmer and would like tro make a call for all our friends and family to help out.

This reposted from

Help save the Dartmoor Chilli Farm

They are “being blocked at every turn by planners in their attempt to make a living at their chilli farm in Dartmoor, and as a result, their business was under threat.

The good news is that since that blog post, their second application for their kitchen, horticultural and battery buildings (which house their solar power batteries) was granted after the planning department visited the farm.

However, they have just submitted their most crucial application and this application for them to be able to continue living on the chilli farm in the barn that they share with their chillies. As they say on their website:-

“We are a specialist grower of 100 varieties of chilli and sweet peppers. Each year we raise over 8000 plants from seed. We also have two orchards and one acre of soft fruit and numerous raised vegetable beds.

In 2010 we were voted Best Green Business in the South Devon Excellence Awards and a Dartmoor First for our efforts in sustainability and putting Dartmoor first. The business started in 2007 with 1 full time member of staff and now employs 2 full time staff and 2 part-time staff and would like to offer further employment and training opportunities in the future.

The whole nursery is off grid and we generate our own electricity with solar panels and a wind turbine. We use mainly rainwater and have a borehole as a backup.

We farm naturally without any artificial fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides and are in the process of applying for planning permission to continue living on our 8 acre small holding which is necessary if we are to continue raising and caring for our crops in a natural and sustainable way.”

If you think like me that the planners are not seeing sense, please support their planning application by clicking on this link. Their planning application reference is 0064/11, and the closing date for consultation and comments is 9th March 2011.”

Good luck guys