All proceeds from Chile Pepper Institute sales go to fund chile pepper research and education at New Mexico State University.
The Chile Pepper Institute carries all but some of the oldest chile pepper seed
varieties developed at New Mexico State University, garden favorites,
and unusual varieties.
We also carry a wide selection of chile food products, books and merchandise.
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The Chile Chronicles is a colorful visual and cultural tour through the fields, homes, and markets of New Mexico, exploring the lives and livelihoods that depend on this famous food. It documents twelve farms and farm families and the trials and triumphs of those who both depend upon and preserve this unique way of life.
Just as the grape is central to the Napa and Loire Valleys, the chile is inseparable from the landscape of New Mexico. Long chile ristras, the smell of roasting chile, lush irrigated fields dotted with red, spicy hot posole, and green chile stew continue to attract newcomers and sustain a four-century tradition that is still going strong. New Mexico chile is enjoyed and savored nationally. It is a multi-million dollar industry that involves science, economics, and enterprise. It is this fascinating tension between culture and commerce, history and progress that nurtures the chile phenomenon.
With over 175 color photographs, The Chile Chronicles takes the reader on a splendid tour along the Rio Grande Valley, from the vast pepper fields of the south to the boutique chile farms of the north, all the while tying the present chile boom to the traditions that root it to New Mexico's past.
"These seeds are for my first attempt at gardening chiles in my backyard. I'm SUPER excited. A friend of mine in Houston says the Lemon Spice jalapeños are his favorite."
"High quality seeds that produce healthy plants and disease-free fruit."
The Chile Pepper Institute Teaching Garden
The Chile Pepper Institute (CPI) is the only international organization devoted to education, research and information related to chile peppers.
The Institute was established at New Mexico State University in 1992 as the place for chile aficionados to find answers to "all things chile pepper."
New Mexico State University is also the place where chile pepper research has been ongoing since Dr. Fabián García began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. Dr. García is widely considered to be the father of the U.S. Mexican food industry.
Chile pepper research is conducted at the Fabián García Horticultural Science Center, where the Chile Pepper Institute also maintains the Amy Goldman Fowler Teaching Garden. Every summer and fall visitors can find more than 150 varieties of chile peppers growing here.
We are located on the campus of New Mexico State University.
Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265
940 COLLEGE DRIVE, LAS CRUCES, NM, 88003, US
9:00 AM-4:00 PM