Ristras of jalapeños, other chili peppers, and garlic at a market in Montreal.
A ristra (/) is an arrangement of drying
chile pepper pods,
garlic bulbs, or other vegetables for later consumption. In addition to its practical use, the ristra has come to be a trademark of decorative design in the state of
New Mexico. Typically, large chiles such as
New Mexico chiles and
Anaheim peppers are used, although any kind of chile may be used to construct a ristra.
Garlic can also be arranged into a ristra for drying and curing after the bulbs have matured and the leaves have died away.