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A jalapeño ristra drying.
Ristras of jalapeños, other chili peppers, and garlic at a market in Montreal.

A ristra is an arrangement of drying chili pepper pods. Although their main purpose is to preserve chilis for later consumption, ristras are commonly used decoratively in chili-producing areas, especially New Mexico.

Garlic can also be arranged into a ristra for drying and curing after the bulbs have matured and the leaves have died away.[1]

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