Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Surprise Food in Cajun Country

It was late July of last year. We were in Lafayette, LA, and were making a weekly stop at Rouse's supermarket for groceries.

We parked the truck at some distance (as is my usual practice) from the entrance. Upon exiting, we were met with an aroma that was not common to the area, yet was not unknown to us.

It didn't take long to locate the origin of the aroma (the smoke rising from the revolving basket) and the objects being roasted (the semi-trailer parked nearby with the words "HATCH CHILES" painted on its side left no doubt). Rouse's was roasting the king of chiles--the green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico.

Ahhh. If only we had had more freezer space....

Which brings us to our recent visit to the "Chile Capital of the World." Located off Interstate 25, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. In 2007, the town population registered a little over 1,600 people.
West Hall Street, Hatch, NM

Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of the world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC.
West Hall Street, Hatch, NM

The scenes pictured below show men working with dried red chiles. These chiles are woven into hanging bunches or bagged for shipment.
But, returning to Lafayette, it is the aroma from the revolving propane roasting basket that draws the crowds.
When the chiles are roasted (the skin is blistered and mostly blackened), the chiles then are put in plastic bags.
A short drive home with one of these bags filled with chiles just out of the roaster is just enough time for the skin to further loosen.
Scraping off the skin and removing the seeds prepares the chiles for vacuum sealing and freezing.

And year-round enjoyment.


eyad ammar said...

شركة تنظيف بالطائف شركة الهدي افضل شركة نقل عفش بالطائف كذلك هى افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
شركه الهدى
شركة رش بالطائف
خدمات الطائف
شركة تنظيف بالطائف
شركة تنظيف فلل بالطائف
نظافه عامه بالطائف
شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف

eyad ammar said...

شركة تنظيف شقق بالطائف
نقل عفش بالطائف
بالطائف شفط بيارات
تسليك مجارى بالطائف
تنظيف خزنات بالطائف
رش مبيدات بالطائف
نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف

eyad ammar said...

ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء
شركة المتحدة
شركة نقل عفش بنجران
شركة نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة
شركة نقل عفش بينبع
شركة نقل عفش بابها

eyad ammar said...

شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش ببريدة
شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم
شركة نقل عفش بتبوك