Sandia is truly a New Mexico hot. However, it is also a versatile and very tasty variety of chile ranging from five to eight inches when mature. Because of it’s size, our Sandia is great for making rellenos and because of it’s heat, it is great for use in any dish you can think of that calls for a good kick! We currently farm two strains of Sandia seed.
Our first strain (Sandia Legacy) is produced by Jimmy Lytle, son of Big Jim Lytle, after whom the world-famous Big Jim variety was named. The other (Sandia Select) is an improved strain of Sandia which is produced by Biad Chile Products. Though both offer equivalent flavor and heat, we grow two strains for diversification and disease resistance. If one variety is more susceptible to a specific disease which gets out of control in a given year, having two strains in our fields allows us to protect the crop somewhat.
The original strain of Sandia (Hot) was first released by Dr. Harper in 1956, then known as Sandia A, and officially known as Sandia as of 1967. Sandia had a heat level of between 1,500-2,000, as measured by Scoville Heat Units when first released, though today we see it’s heat profile running a fair bit hotter than that. It is consistently hot and spicy, without being too overpowering. We offer fresh Sandia in 5 pound, 10 pound and 25 pound boxes and carry flame-roasted, frozen sandia in 1lb bags. Frozen Sandia can be ordered in 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25lb boxes both whole and chopped.
You can order our fresh or frozen hatch green chile online by clicking on one of the category links to the left or can call us directly at 575-635-4680 to place your order or ask any questions you may have. We are more than happy to answer informational questions so always feel free to get in touch.