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Chiltepin, Mother of All Chiles

June 3, 2013 , , , ,

Here in the Sonoran Desert the precious chile tepin grows wild.  It has a distinctive flashy flavor that is desired by many on both sides of the border.  It is said to be the mother of all cultivated chiles.  I have recently replanted some in my garden after loosing some old ones in frosts.  They can live for many years when protected in the winter.  This promotional video from Sonora has chosen to use South American Inca pipe flute music, which has nothing to do with Sonora…but the chile is an emblem of life in desert conditions.  Our natural chile forrest south of town in Tucson is still the largest in the US.

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hey hope you are well pamela – haven’t seen you online for a while. Nice video – I am a bit of a chili nerd, though we don’t get the same number of varieties over here

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Thanks, Fiona, The Triberr feed got lost for about a week, but I have pulled it back into service. Not sure what happened.

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mermaidcamp

June 4, 2013

Nice! I had no idea Tucson was known for chilies!

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Jess @UsedYorkCity

June 4, 2013

That’s pretty cool. I have never tried this chiile but it sounds pretty interesting. How spicy is it really? Do you use them in specific recipes?

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