[CH] FYI: Kashmiri chile appearance update

Brent Thompson (brent@hplbct.hpl.hp.com)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 14:57:37 -0700

I just noticed one of my Indian cookbooks (Flavors of India, by Madhur
Jaffrey, Random House, ISBN 0-517-70012-3 -- a good cookbook, BTW) contains
a photo labelled as depicting Kashmiri chiles drying at the farmhouse.  It
shows a scene very reminiscent of New Mexico, actually (except maybe a bit
more green, and of course different architecture and clothing styles
visible), with a little stone/adobe house bedecked chock-a-block with
strings of drying red chiles.

The pictured chiles are clearly large and blocky -- reasonably similar in
both size and shape to our common New Mexico chiles, i.e. around 4-5 inches
long and at least 1 inch wide.  And they are very bright red -- seemingly a
considerably brighter red than New Mexico chiles (and this may be
impossible to know for sure from only a picture in some book, but sure is
consistent with what I've read about them imparting stron red coloration to
food preparations).

 ---   Brent