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It's green chile time in Southern California, here's your complete guide to roastings

It's green chile time, here's your complete guide to SoCal roastings
Complete guide to SoCal green chile roastings
At least 40 scheduled green-chile roastings coming in August and September

Green chile may well be the state vegetable in New Mexico, but it looks like Southern California may be annexing a major part of the harvest.

Green chile roastings, which started as a minor curiosity here not so long ago, have turned into a full-fledged mania. There are at least 40 scheduled for the area in August and September, with the first coming this weekend.

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FOR THE RECORD

July 30, 2:41 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said that the chile roasting events start this weekend. Recent bad weather in New Mexico means some of the events have been pushed back to Aug. 9.

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If somehow you’ve missed out on this before, most of these chiles come from the Hatch Valley in Southwestern New Mexico. It is important to buy from a reputable dealer, and that the bags be labeled “Hatch” – because green chile has become so popular, unscrupulous vendors are selling “Hatch” green chiles from Mexico and Texas, undercutting those who grow the real thing.

Chiles, which are as prevalent in New Mexican food as the tomato is in Italian, are harvested in both the fresh green and dried red forms. When they’re harvested fresh, they should be peeled before cooking – hence the roastings.

Typically, a roaster will set up at a store with what looks like a giant bingo drum suspended over a propane flame. You buy the chiles (typically by the bushel) and take them to the roaster. He turns them in the drum for a few minutes – just enough to char the skin – and gives them back to you.

Green chiles prepared this way can be frozen as-is to be pulled out and used throughout the year.

For more information on these events, including times and costs, contact the individual stores.

SATURDAY, AUG. 2

Northgate Chula Vista, 1058 Third Ave., Chula Vista

Northgate La Habra, 580 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra

Northgate Hawthorne, 3930. W Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne

SUNDAY, AUG. 3

Northgate Inglewood, 10801 Prairie Ave., Inglewood

Northgate South Gate, 2633 Santa Ana Street, South Gate

Northgate Vista, 1150 E. Vista Way, Vista

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

Albertsons La Habra,  1800 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra

Northgate Norwalk, 11660 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk

Northgate West Covina, 1320 W. Francisquito Ave., West Covina

Ralphs Costa Mesa, 380 E. 17th St., Costa

Ralphs Huntington Beach, 5241 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

Northgate Anaheim, 720 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim

Northgate Bell, 6801 S. Atlantic Ave., Bell

Ralphs Carlsbad, 7140 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad

Ralphs Los Angeles, 11727 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles

Ralphs San Juan Capistrano, 31874 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano

Ralphs Villa Park, 17801 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park

SATURDAY, AUG. 16

Albertsons Arcadia, 298 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia

Albertsons Rancho Cucamonga, 8850 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga

Bristol Farms Rolling Hills, 837 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates

Gelsons Silver Lake, 2725 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles

Lazy Acres, 2080 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Ralphs Pasadena, 3601 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

Ralphs Tustin, 13321 Jamboree Rd., Tustin

Northgate Buena Park, 6991 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park

Northgate Paramount, 16259 Paramount Blvd., Paramount

Northgate Santa Ana, 770 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana

SUNDAY AUG. 17

Northgate Anaheim, 720 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim

Northgate Los Angeles, 425 S. Soto Street, Los Angeles

Northgate Los Angeles, 944 E. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles

SATURDAY, AUG. 23

Albertsons Carpinteria, 1018 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria

Albertsons Costa Mesa, 2300-C Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa

Bristol Farms South Pasadena, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Bristol Farms Westchester, 8448 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester

Gelson La Canada Flintridge, 635 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge

Northgate Escondido, 606 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Northgate La Puente, 831 N. Hacienda Blvd., La Puente

Northgate Pico Rivera, 9101 E. Telegraph Rd., Pico Rivera

Ralphs Huntington Beach, 19081 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach

Ralphs La Canada Flintridge, 521 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge

Ralphs San Clemente, 903 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente

Sprouts Chula Vista, 690 3rd Ave., Chula Vista

SUNDAY, AUG. 24

Northgate El Monte, 3828 N. Peck Road, El Monte

Northgate Long Beach, 2038 E. 10th Street, Long Beach

Ralphs Huntington Beach, 19081 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach

Ralphs Tustin, 13321 Jamboree Rd., Tustin

Sprouts Chula Vista, 878 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista

SATURDAY, AUG. 30

Albertsons Montebello, 2469 Via Campo, Montebello

Albertsons Reseda, 19307 Saticoy St. , Reseda

Bristol Farms Newport, 810 Avocado Ave.,  Newport

Bristol Farms Santa Monica, 1165 Franklin Street,  Santa Monica

Gelson Long Beach, 6255 E. 2nd. Street,  Long Beach

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

Albertsons Escondido, 1509 East Valley Parkway, Escondido

Albertsons Temecula, 31960 Temecula Parkway, Temecula

Bristol Farms Palm Desert, 73101 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert

Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7

Gelsons Palisades, 15424 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

Bristol Farms La Jolla, 8510 Genesee Ave., La Jolla

Gelsons Santa Barbara, 3305 State Street, Santa Barbara

Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica

SATURDAY, SEPT 20

Bristol Farms South Pasadena, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica

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UPDATE

July 31, 4:12 p.m.: This post was updated to include additional green chile roasting events.

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