Riverhill Farm was blessed by a bounty of Cheyenne peppers this year. This is good news for all of us because now we have access to these gorgeous, hot peppers.
A Southwest tradition is to take the peppers and tie them into ristras, a wonderful way to both dry the Cheyennes and bring a bright bit of beauty to your front door.
According to Taos Unlimited, ristras are hung at portals to the home to welcome visitors and bring good fortune. I’m betting most of us could do with a bit more good luck these days.
They also make wonderful gifts. I can remember wandering in kitchen stores when I was younger and spying ristras on display for hostess gifts for Thanksgiving. I think the present would be even more meaningful if you crafted it yourself.
The crafting is the easy part, too. There are plenty of helpful tutorials, both written and video, to guide you on your way. If you crave a bit of heat in your food when the snow’s on the ground and frost is forming on your window panes, there are also instructions on how to make your own hot sauce – which would also make incredible holiday gifts.
Bring a little bit of good fortune to your household this fall with a handcrafted ristra. I’m planning on creating one myself, as soon as the peppers come in this afternoon.