If it’s early August, Austinites are getting excited about Hatch chiles.
The New Mexican chile peppers have been a hit in Central Texas ever since Central Market started bringing them here in the mid-1990s. Whole Foods followed, and now both stores — as well as other grocery retailers, including Wheatsville and Central Market’s parent company, H-E-B — sell literal tons of Hatch peppers and Hatch-flavored foods during this time of year.
Whole Foods closed its culinary center downtown a few years ago, but Central Market’s cooking classes at the North location are still going strong.
A cheeseburger worthy of this year’s Hatch chilies
Why are grocery stores so hot for Hatch chile peppers?
They’ve released this month’s Hatch cooking classes, which start on Wednesday with a steakhouse-themed class at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., you can sign up to learn how to make Hatch tamales, and on Saturday night, the cooking staff will teach a Hatch seafood session starting at 6:30 p.m.
The classes continue for the next few weeks, and you can find the full list of classes and Hatch activities at centralmarket.com.
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Could you tell the difference between a Hatch and regular Anaheim chile?