1904 – Mild Hatch Green Chile

Our mildest variety, 1904 is a staple among chile growers here in New Mexico. Prized for its consistent flavor and very low capsican content, this variety is a true mild. 1904 has no more heat than a bell pepper but still has that delicious New Mexican chile flavor once roasted and peeled. This variety is also very large and meaty so it is a great choice for rellenos!

One reason we love 1904 as farmers is that it is one of the hardiest varieties we grow. Big Jim is far more susceptible to the viruses and fungi which make growing chile a tricky business. On wet years, you can lose an entire crop of Big Jim to diseases such as phytophthora or vert while you lose only a fraction of your crop of Sandia or 1904. You can buy this variety of mild hatch green chile in five, ten, and twenty five pound boxes, just like all our other varieties.
One thing to keep in mind when ordering mild is that because it is so meaty, you’ll have fewer pods in a box of any given weight. When shipping Sandia or Lumbre, each pod weighs far less than a pod of 1904 so you have to put more pods in any given box to make weight. So, if you plan to use Mild for rellenos you should probably order a little more than you would if you have previously ordered Medium or Hot. Our family likes to use 1904 for their rellenos and add a the vein from a pod of Sandia or Big Jim in order to heat the relleno to taste. That way, you get the best of both worlds, both a large meaty relleno and a nice kick that lets you know you are actually eating chile!
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We ordered the wreath as a gift and it was delivered on time. Wreath is lovely, very full of peppers and attractive, yet doesn't weigh much so it can easily be hung.

Have been ordering this Chile every year for the last several years. Now have family and friends ordering after tasting my Chile and wanting some of their own. Big Jim is not too hot and taste delicious!!! Highly recommend. Also, love their packaging and shipping of the product. This product brings NM to Maryland for me!!

The best thing I can say to review these chiles is that they are authentic. Authentic flavour, authentic heat levels, authentic New Mex chiles. If you want to experience again, or for the first time, what this variety of NuMex chiles are, then buy these without reservation.

I really appreciate extra care and customer service by HCS in noting that this year's crop was running a little more on the mild side. These are real agricultural products and variation in growing season, rainfall, sun, as well as soils and geographic location grown will affect the mature pod. By noting the variation in this year's crop, HCS give customers the information needed to make the best product/varietal choice for their cooking.

My favorite use is for my version of New Mexico Green Chile Stew, and because I use about a 2 or 3 - 1 ratio (pre-roasted weight) of chiles to pork, and the mass of chiles combines to increase the heat experienced by diners, I usually look for Joe E. Parker and Big Jim varieties. But the uses for these chiles is limited only by your imagination. They are especially good to stuff, as the pod can grow large.

Highly recommend.

Joe

The Medium-Hot Big Jims from the Hatch Chile Store are a staple in my house. Upon arrival, a portion of the fresh chilies are kept in the refrigerator for roasting, including in mire poix and/or other roasted veg, while the rest goes seeded and sliced into pepperocini-style rounds in gallon brine jars for months (but usually weeks lol) of hatchy enjoyment. Including Hatch in the repertoire is excellent and the Hatch Chile Store makes it convenient.

I've not returned to New Mexico in decades, but never out-grew my love for the 'real' taste Hatch. Ordering the 'hot' was a stab in the dark, but it's certainly not overwhelming. Thus far, I've enjoyed it on my burgers, my eggs, chile stew ... almost every day!

Thank you for the speedy delivery and super customer service!