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The Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum or chile peppers. Established in 1992, the Institute builds on the research of chile peppers since the famous horticulturalist FabianGarcia (the father of the U.S. chile pepper industry) began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The Institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265 (575-646-3028). In the Institute visitors will discover chile research posters, chile pepper books, art, and hundreds of high-demand and hard-to-find chile pepper seed varieties. Download our 2015 Merchandise Catalog here.

Chile pepper research is conducted at the Fabian Garcia Horticultural Center on the corner of University Avenue and Main Street, Las Cruces, NM. The Horticulture Center hosts a seasonal public teaching and touring garden showcasing 150 chile pepper varieties from around the world.

 

Recent News

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It is with deep regret and sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of our friend and alumnus, Joe E. Parker. Joe was a 1950 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics (now College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences) at New Mexico State University (then New Mexico A & M). As the field manager for the Old El Paso canning operation, he was an enthusiastic supporter and valued cooperator with the NMSU Chile Breeding Program and the Chile Pepper Institute. From 1986 to 1993, he was actively involved in evaluating an improved New Mexican green chile pepper that when released yielded 25% more than any other green chile cultivar at the time. After its release it quickly became very popular, and became the number one green chile pepper cultivar in the U.S.A. and Mexico. Because of Joe’s invaluable assistance, the NMSU Chile Breeding Program named the cultivar ‘NuMex Joe E. Parker’ in his honor. The cultivar can still be found in seed catalogs and nurseries around the country. One can find Joe’s name in the Hall of Flame at the Chile Pepper Institute. Joe was our cherished friend, and known for his kindness. He will be missed by all of us at the Chile Pepper Institute, throughout NMSU and around the world. Thank you, Joe, for all your contributions to the chile pepper industry, and to the Chile Pepper Institute.