Piment d'Espelette is AOC from the Basque region of France, a highly regarded and sought after pepper. You can use Espelette Pepper as a substitute for black pepper, like on meats, ham, pate or in sausages or in sauces or sprinkle it on mashed potatoes, eggs or on sandwiches. Its flavor is sweet with slightly bitter notes and medium heat that builds and lingers.
The growing region is limited to 10 villages to ensure the precise production process. The chilies are strictly harvested by hand and cultivated in fields with a specific planting density. In 1999 AOC was granted to Espelette peppers, giving it the same protection as more famous names, such as Brie and Camembert or Champagne. The Espelette Pepper is culinary icon in Basque country.
Ingredients:espelette chili pepper.