These chilis are one of our favorites - infused with the bright and sweet flavors of sun in the southwest of France. It’s one of the best chilies you can keep in your spice pantry because of it’s high quality and versatility.
The Espelette chili, named after the village of Espelette in the Basque region of France where it is grown, is a precious, hand picked, sun-dried dried gem. The hand cultivated pepper is judged by strict guidelines in order to achieve the AOC designation (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) to protect the branding and quality. Only harvested from late summer to fall, the annual harvest festival in Espelette is a picturesque scene of old world streets and colorful buildings festooned with garlands of chilis drying in the sun.
Harvesting opens mid august to the first frost later in the year.
Check out our favorite recipes using Espelette below!
This easy chili oil is great for drizzling on pasta, fried eggs, or broiling fish. Espelette gives it a bright, peppery, sunny flavor that pairs beautifully with lemon. Make this oil by simply steeping overnight to anoint your favorite dishes for the week.
At the height of corn season, these pancake style corn cakes are great with the sauce or topped with shrimp as a great appetizer to share or main course.
This addicting vegetable dish will have you asking why you haven't tried frying cauliflower before. Topped with crispy capers makes it even better.
Spiced, sautéed Swiss chard with and preserved lemons with fresh, creamy ricotta makes for a delicious appetizer served alongside crusty bread or pita.
Simply prepared vegetables heightens the flavor and lets the produce truly shine.
Espelette is the perfect spice to pair with a creamy, slightly sweet sauce like pumpkin because its adds a nice dimension and a touch of heat.