New green chili pepper ready for release

01/07/2014 06:03:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Sandi chili pepperCourtesy New Mexico State UniversityThe soon-to-be-released NuMex Sandi Select can go either as a red or green chili.New Mexico State University is close to releasing a new traditional red Sandia pepper variety that can be used as a green chili.

NuMex Sandia Select is the work of the university's Chile Pepper Institute, Las Cruces, N.M., according to a news release.

To be used in green chili, a pepper needs to have thicker walls and a long, straight pod.

But most Sandia chilis are shorter and have thinner walls. As a result, they're left on the plants to turn red and are tried, being turned into powder or flakes.

The NuMex Sandia Select variety has those thicker walls, allowing it to be used as a green chili.

The process started nearly a decade ago with 15 different chile lines.

Each was evaluated for pod structure, other plant habits, disease resistance, taste and yield.

In 2011, a winner emerged.

The new variety has a long, straight pod and a firm fruit wall.

The variety will be available to growers through Biad Chili and the Chile Pepper Institute.

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