The ristra (string of chile) was originated as a method of drying and preserving chile pods for future use in cooking. Every fall, after the chile harvest is over, bright red ristras are seen everywhere in New Mexico, displayed on homes and roadside stands.
Our ristras and wreaths are made by hand in the traditional way, utilizing top qualiity chile pods. Each ristra is made to order so it will be as fresh and full as possible. Many of our ristras are suitable for cooking and recipes are included with each order.
If you saw Disney’s blockbuster movie “Wild Hogs”, you saw our ristras decorating the town of Madrid, NM. We have also supplied ristras for restaurants, garden centers, the Smithsonian Museum and special events, including Super Bowl parties and large weddings.
Our ristras are of the highest quality and are available year round.
#1250 1 FT. RISTRA #194 2 FT. RISTRA #848 3 FT. RISTRA Our ristras are of the highest quality and are available year round. Made from untreated New Mexico red chile, peppers can be used in your favorite chile recipe.
#484 PIQUIN RISTRA A chile ristra to fit even the coziest apartment. This colorful string of edible, fiery hot Mesilla Valley peppers is hand strung in the traditional manner. 12" long.
#4078 CHILE CORN RISTRA This chile and corn decoration is just the right size for the kitchen or family room. 7" x 10". Made from all natural products from New Mexico.
#1542 CHILE GARLAND Designed and made exclusively for the New Mexico Catalog, this strand of piquin chile is featured on our mantle and is also unique on a Christmas tree. It is now available in limited quantities. 60" long.
This stunning wreath is a New Mexico Catalog exclusive and it blends the two most important crops grown in the Mesilla Valley - chile peppers and cotton. This wreath is all natural, all hand made and is absolutely beautiful. Approximately 20” across.
#404 CHILE WREATH Fresh dried, this wreath is made from New Mexico red chile. 19"across. Makes a great wreath for the front door and a perfect gift for the chile lover! Hand made especially for New Mexico Catalog.
#740 PIQUIN HEART WREATH Beautifully designed and hand strung from pequin chilies grown here in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico is our heart shaped wreath. These edible peppers are fiery hot and make a great decoration for your home. Approx. 13" across.
Since 1986, we have offered a wide variety of unique chile-related items as well as fresh green chile and ristras year round. Click on these items to view our selections.