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Piment d'Espelette - Red Chili Pepper Powder from France 1.41oz


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  • Espelette pepper (French: Piment d'Espelette; Basque: Ezpeletako biperra)
  • Variety of pepper that is cultivated in the French commune of Espelette, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  • Traditionally the northern territory of the Basque people.
  • In 2000, it was classified as a AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlee, meaning the name is protected)
  • Imported from France
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100% red pepper

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The plant, originally from Mexico and to a lesser extent South America, was introduced in France from the New World around the 16th century. After first being used medicinally, it has since become popular for preparing condiments and for the conservation of meat and ham. It is now a cornerstone of Basque cuisine, where it has gradually replaced black pepper and it is a key ingredient in piperade. AOC espelette peppers are cultivated in the following communes: Ainhoa, Cambo-les-Bains, Espelette, Halsou, Itxassou, Jatxou, Larressore, Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, Souraïde, and Ustaritz. It is harvested in late summer and, in September, characteristic festoons of pepper are hung on balconies and house walls throughout the communes to dry out. An annual pepper festival, attracting some 20,000 tourists, is held in October.

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  • Item Weight: 0.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002J6ARK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,773 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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A unique and subtle flavor.
carol
It is much more granular in texture, has just a bit of a snap to it, and we use it generously on fish, chicken, pork, even steak, before grilling.
S. Rainguet
This makes every dish taste better.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chambolle VINE VOICE on March 27, 2011
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Piment d'Espelette is a unique product. It is subject to Appellation d'Origine Controlee regulation, which extends the right to use the AOC label only to ten communes in the Basque country in France. The peppers are grown, harvested, dried and prepared subject to strict regulation and, like wine, cheese and other products subject to the AOC, must display the typical "organoleptic characteristics" of the traditionally produced spice. Piment d'Espelette is never strong or screamingly hot, so if you are expecting something akin to Scotch Bonnet peppers, or the acrid bite of "chili pepper" blends, look elsewhere. However, it does have a sweet and smoky aroma, akin to good pimenton or paprika, along with a distinct peppery 'bite' at the finish.

Piment d'Espelette is never inexpensive and it is usually not easy to find in the US, so having this source available is great. I use it in almost everything -- for example, peel and slice cucumbers, toss with a good quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Meyer lemons preferred), a pinch of sugar, a large pinch of fleur de sel or kosher salt, and a pinch of piment d'Espelette. Let the cukes sit in a colander for up to half an hour, tossing occasionally, then serve. Trust me, you will not fail to notice the presence of the piment. It's also great and sufficiently assertive to dress a good sized composed salad with just a pinch in a basic vinaigrette dressing of lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard and grapeseed, walnut or olive oil. Wonderful sprinkled lightly over a platter of carved "rotisserie chicken" from the grocery. Adds a nice edge to rillettes or a terrine. Adds pop to scrambled eggs, quiche...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James F. Rogers on October 12, 2009
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This is a great spice, typical of the southern Basque area of France. Slightly spicy/hot, it adds great depth of flavor to any dish where you would think a dried pepper such as paprika might be appropriate. Used to be very hard to find in the US.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By celinedion on May 4, 2013
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.....If I were blindfolded, I probably couldn't taste the diff between this fine product and smoked, hot paprika, partic. if other strong flavors like vinegar have been added.

Still, for the discerning and curious, this is a worthwhile investment. A little goes a long a way.

Bonus point: We went to a David Liebowitz-approved gourmet shop in Paris and Amazon is selling the same product for dollar -rather than euro- prices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lendell D. Vogt on June 25, 2014
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I purchased this pepper to use in a compound butter for a salmon recipe in Fine Cooking magazine. The pepper gave the butter a unique and delicious flavor. I tried it also in other things and it added that little extra heat, but not to hot. I was not familiar with this product before my purchase but I highly recommend this spice to be in your arsenal of spices. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on September 26, 2011
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Exactly what my son-in-law, who is a gourmet chef as a hobby, requested. It was a birthday gift for him and he was thrilled because he could not find it locally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mico0994 on May 3, 2014
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I had this pepper sprinkled on a Pipérade Basque while visiting in France. What a discovery! I did not think of buying it while there, but was happy to find it on Amazon. I use it with many dishes. it is not too hot like cayenne would be. Just perfect to add dimension to many dishes, including chicken or steak on the grill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Rainguet on June 26, 2014
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This is unlike any paprika we've ever used. It is much more granular in texture, has just a bit of a snap to it, and we use it generously on fish, chicken, pork, even steak, before grilling. Gives things a little zing without the sting and chars up nicely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DIYer in Indiana on January 12, 2014
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I learned about this pepper last summer and ordered a jar from Amazon. This is a reorder, and I will order again after we use up this bottle. Try the espelette chicken breast recipe from the LA Times posted on various websites--delicious!!!
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