Re: [gardeners] Lemon Drop chiles

George Shirley (
Thu, 01 Oct 1998 13:58:18

At 10:32 AM 10/1/98 -0600, you wrote:
>At 11:47 AM 10/1/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>> I've been making some ristra's with some
>>>little red chiles (don't know the name). 
>>Please sir, what's a ristra
>>Donna, Tennessee
>I'm not sir, but I'm less busy than George at the moment.  A ristra is a
>string of dried chile peppers.  Some I suspect are threaded with a needle,
>but the traditional Mexican way of making ristras is by tying three stems
>together, then in a short distance tying three more together so that they
>overlap and comprise a long "bunch" of chiles.  Margaret
Can you do them while the chiles are not dried and then hang them and let
them dry that way? It's been lots of years but I vaguely remember the
vaquero families on my aunts place in New Mexico doing them that way. Of
course it was dry enough out there you could have strung watermelons up and
they would have dried in a few days, or at least that's the way I remember
it, been nearly fifty years ago.