Over at Blotanical I was asked to list my favorite plant when I joined. I want to meet others who love Anaheim Green Chiles, a mild variety of New Mexico Green Chiles. With the variety of plants to choose from, I have become the type of gardener who goes for new and different (having the students help pick varieties also leads to new things). However, in the ten years I have gardened, I have always grown these chiles. These came from my backyard in 2007.
It is the way to go for flavor and a bit of heat. I do grow hotter chiles, but when I make refried beans, I want these roasting in my oven. Lots of chile flesh provide for plenty of flavor. My wife introduced them to me back in the day when we met. We ate them out of a can. But what a difference it is to see them growing long and plump on a plant. To smell them fresh, as fresh as any veggie can smell. Then to smell them roasting. Before I gardened, we vacationed in new Mexico and I witnessed the large roasting operations that take place, even in front of grocery stores. Maybe the smell was imprinted at that moment. But I can't wait to see, smell, touch, and taste them again next summer. If plants can communicate, I can also hear them calling out to me.
OK, like I said they are my favorite plant.