ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) — You could smell a sweet, smoky aroma from a mile away Friday at the Hatch Chile Roasting event.
Outside of the Family Fresh Market in St. Peter on Friday, people could buy Hatch chilies and have them roasted right there at the site.
They’re harvested from Hatch Valley, New Mexico, where fall is chile roasting season due to the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley, creating the unique flavor.
Store Director Steve Guimond says popularity for the chilies in the area is growing. “Once a year Hatch chilies are grown in New Mexico. It’s a huge deal down in the southwest and in the last couple of years it’s become a bigger deal down here.”
Enthusiasts say the mild–medium heat chiles are great for salsas, added to salads, soups, sandwiches and more.