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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Hatch forecast: When the peppers will hit D.C.

Hatch chili peppers: good for roasting and stuffing and sauces. Oh, my. (Bill Webster/The Washington Post)
The annual arrival of fresh Hatch chili peppers from New Mexico can ward off even the cleverest of this year’s back-to-school commercials. After all, there’s a festival held in the peppers’ honor. People who know from Hatch appreciate them raw and roasted. (And for those who are unfamiliar, a short explainer.) Their heat falls in the mid-range, pepperwise, and they make fine receptacles for stuffing, a la chile rellenos.

Here’s a short list of Washington area stores where the peppers are available, and, in some cases, roasted onsite:


All area stores will have the peppers in stock, through the end of the month. Stores where roasting will take place include:

Constitution Square store: 1201 First St. NE. 202-589-0351.

Jenkins Row store:1350 Potomac St. SE. 202-543-1040.

Pentagon Row store: Aug. 21., roasting on premise. 900 Army Navy Dr., Arlington. 703-413-7112.


Woodmore store By mid-August; no roasting on the premises. 9001 Mchugh Dr., Lanham. 240-487-5400

Potomac store: Sept. 8-9; roasting on the premises. 14801 Dining Way, Woodbridge. 703-763-5500.

Leesburg store: Sept. 2-4, roasting on the premises.101 Crosstrail Blvd., Leesburg. 703-669-2044.

Fairfax store: Last week of August; roasting on the premises. 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax. 703-653-1600

Dulles store: Aug. 26-27; roasting on the premises. 45131 Columbia Place, Sterling. 703-421-2400


Area stores will have limited quantities of peppers in stock within a few weeks; no plans for roasting on site.

Find information on how to store and use the peppers after the jump.

Hatch chili peppers can be refrigerated up to 5 days. Or they can be frozen for up to a year; it’s best to spread them separately on a tray first, then once the peppers are firm, place them in freezer-safe resealable plastic food storage bags in groups of five or six.

This Smoky Southwestern Corn, Pepper and Scallion Saute would be a good way to use fresh Hatch chilis. Find more recipes here.

How do you like to use them?

By Timothy R. Smith and  |  02:50 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Categories:  Media, Chefs, Wine | Tags:  shopping, Timothy R. Smith, Bonnie S. Benwick

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