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

A rístra is an arrangement of drying chili pepper pods. Rístras historically served as a functional system of drying chile for later consumption. Today, rístras are commonly used as a trademark of decorative design in the state of New Mexico, however, many households still use rístras as a means to dry and procure red chile.

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

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