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 2016 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.
Crop Yield for 2015: of the 8,300 acres of chile planted in New Mexico, only 7,700 acres were harvested.
"Where the Wild Ones Grow"
2016 Chile Pepper Institute Teaching Garden
The 2016 Chile Pepper Institute Teaching Garden theme will be "Where the Wild Ones Grow"
There will be over 150 different types of chile peppers featured in the garden and over 10 different wild types, including Capsicum chacoense and Capsicum galapagoense, as well as a couple of wild varieties within each of the domesticated species.
For hours, location and tour information click here