Anaheim Hot Pepper

Anaheim is the classic pepper used to make chile relleno and is also popular for drying to make ristras.

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Anaheim Hot Pepper

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  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 7 1/2 x 2 inches
  • Matures: 74 to 80 days
  • Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 18 inches wide
Scoville heat units: 500 to 2,500 (mild)

Also called a New Mexico or California chile, this is a green, chile-type, mildly hot pepper that ripens to a pretty deep red. The thick-walled fruit is the classic pepper used for chiles rellenos, soups, and stews. Rich, mellow flavor. Plants are disease resistant. Plants bear continously through summer where nighttime temperatures aren't higher than 90 degrees. This is also the variety that has been most widely grown and dried to make ristras, or string of dried Chile peppers, that are a New Mexico tradition. Originating as a practical way for farmers to cure peppers to keep a long time, the pretty strings of dozens of dried red peppers have taken on ornamental value as well.

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