Big Jim (what we grow for medium) is a large, meaty variety ranging in size from 7-10 inches in length and varies in heat levels.
Developed in the 1970’s by Dr. R Nakayama at New Mexico State University, Big Jim is literally the largest variety of hatch green chile grown in the US (it’s in the guinness book of world records). Big Jim thrives in the climate and soil of the Rio Grande river valley but is easily damaged by heavy rains and high humidity. Plants are small in comparison to the giant pods they yield and you can find dozens of pods on a healthy plant during the harvest. Big Jim is more of a medium-hot as pods vary a great deal in heat but, that’s what makes it a family favorite. When chopped, the mixture makes for a great medium heat for enchiladas or burgers. This variety is also our personal favorite for making chile rellenos and ristras due to its great size and thickly meated pods. Rellenos made with the largest Big Jim pods can hold up to a half a pound of hamburger meat. They really are that big! We offer 5, 10, and 25lb boxes of Big Jim as our medium heat variety of fresh hatch green chile and it is our perennial bestseller. Our customers love the flavor and size of Big Jim and are willing to overlook the wild swings in heat from one pod to the next.