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DanCarmona
Dec 19, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Isleta
"Landrace Chile"
From Isleta Pueblo (4,900'), first collected in 1993. An exceptionally tasty native NM chile. It has broader shoulders and is less fleshy than Isleta Long. Mild-medium. 4-5". Isleta' are medium hot chiles that are traditionally first strung into ristras, dried, then ground into chile powder
The Isleta is called landrace because the peppers are grown and collected by individual families, and these specific “races” are tied to the land area they where they have been grown for decades or hundreds of years. The areas where farmers still grow the landraces are Northern NM in high elevation villages (approximately 6,000 feet above sea level) that have very secluded fields and short growing seasons. While land-race varieties are genetically distinct from commercial chile cultivars, there is evidence that cross-pollination has occurred between the landrace-types and commercial cultivars, potentially threatening the distinction of these varieties.
 
Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: New Mexico
PI: 653621
Scoville units: 500-2500
Type: Anaheim/New Mex
Uses: dried, chile powder
Taste: particular mix of sweetness, richness, and spiciness
Fruit color & size: 4" > 6" green > red
Fruit position & shape: pendant, elongate
Plant height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Maturity: 80 days
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Germ. time: 2-6 weeks @ 75-90°
Seed Source: shop.nativeseeds

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