New Mexico State University has a long history of chile pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) improvement. The chile pepper improvement program began in 1888 with Dr. Fabian Garcia, who released the first New Mexican pod type. Today, all New Mexican pod type chile peppers commercially grown gained their genetic base from cultivars first developed at New Mexico State University. The New Mexico Chile Pepper Breeding and Genetics Program announces the release of ‘NuMex Heritage 6-4’ an open-pollinated, improved, New Mexican pod-type cultivar (Fig. 1). The name was chosen to distinguish the new selected cultivar from the original cultivar, New Mexico 6-4, while retaining its association. ‘NuMex Heritage 6-4’ has superior flavor compared with the currently grown standard green chile pepper.
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