Does a state need an official smell? One New Mexico politician thinks so!
Senator Bill Soules has proposed a bill to adopt “the aroma of green chile roasting in the fall” as “the official aroma of New Mexico.” It would join a list of other state symbols such as state flower, state song, state vegetable. New Mexico produces 60% of the chiles pepper crop used in the U.S. so chiles are important business but the official state smell? Why not?