New Mexico Fun Facts
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- NM is the 47th state to join the Union and did so on January 6, 1912.
- It is the 5th largest state in the union
- It shares with Colorado as two of the only four states that meet at one point, known as the Four Corners.
- Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the United States, dating back to 1610
- New Mexico’s state cookie is the biscochito and Ristras will certainly offer it during the Christmas season and periodically throughout the year.
- New Mexicans generally spell ‘Chile’ with an ‘e’ not an ‘i’.
- The art of Ristra making is a century old tradition started in New Mexico and southern Colorado. Ristras serve a practical pupose of drying the chile pods and also are hung to be sign of welcome and hospitality.
- NM cuisine’s trademark is their sauces of either green or red chile.
- Often burritos will only have meat, cheese and chile sauce and some places have potatoes (such as Ristras) – rice is never included!
- New Mexico is the leading state in chile production with more than 21,000 acres under cultivation.
- The crisp, puffy, deep-fried pastry known as a sopapilla was thought to have originated in Albuquerque more than 200 years ago.
- Sopapilla means ‘little pillow’.
- Tia Sophia's, a Mexican café in Santa Fe, New Mexico, claims to have invented the original breakfast burrito in 1975, filling a rolled tortilla with bacon and potatoes, served wet with chili and cheese. Reference: Anderson, Judith (1998-05-24). "What's Doing In; Santa Fe". The New York Times 18 August 2007
The state flag of New Mexico was chosen in 1920, by a competition that was won by Dr. Harry Mara. It uses the ancient Sun symbol known as a Zia. The colors red and yellow are used because they were the colors of the flag of the Spanish conquistadors who went to New Mexico in the early 1500's.
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