A highly desirable cultivar, d’Espelette pepper is a French variety, grown in the commune of Espelette. My first experience with these was in 2018, but I just grew one plant. I totally loved them and promised to grow them again. I grew them again this year(2020). This pepper is also known as Piment d’Espelette, but since it is classified AOC, it can only be referred to by that name if grown in Espelette. With that said, my favorite use for this pepper was cooking. I did dry some for powder but haven’t used it yet. High, outstanding flavor and easy to work with. Shorter, productive plants that are hardy and tolerated heat pretty well! Nice addition if you like low heat and high flavor in your peppers
Bob Herrschaft –
The Espelette peppers are great for stews and even spaghetti, adding just the right pungency. I grew them in peat pots over a seed heating pad in a sunny window. Suggest sun drying if you wish to save the seeds. I got mine from Renaissance Farms 2 years ago but made the mistake of drying them in a dehydrator (killed the seeds). Can be ground in a cuisinard or blender once dried. Flavor still good after 2 years but I now need to replace my supply.