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.
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!