Espelette Pepper FAQ
How To Recognise True PDO Espelette Pepper ?
Only peppers stamped with this logo are PDO Espelette Pepper !
How to store PDO Espelette Pepper ?
Like any natural spice, Espelette Pepper powder should be stored away from light, in a cool and dry place. It does not contain additives, preservatives or colours, which is why it has such exceptional qualities.
Once open, use quickly.
HOW TO USE PDO ESPELETTE PEPPER POWDER EVERY DAY ?
On a daily basis, you can use Espelette Pepper powder in your culinary preparations instead of white or black pepper. For example, you can add a teaspoon of Espelette pepper powder to preparations such as cakes, quiches, omelettes, muffins, sauces (bechamel, vinaigrette, mayonnaise …), marinades and in casseroles (tajines, beef bourguignon, veal sauté…). plus just before serving soup, on raw vegetables, grilled meat and fish. Espelette pepper powder will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.
To add an original touch, use Espelette Pepper powder on fresh or stewed fruit, shortbread and cocoa … a true delight!
How to store a cord of PDO Espelette Peppers ?
Hang your cord of Espelette pepper in your kitchen or a dry, well-ventilated place where it can continue to dry out and take on a deep red colour.
HOW TO USE A CORD OF PDO ESPELETTE PEPPERS?
Use as often as necessary, adding pepper directly to a stew, court-bouillon, dishes accompanied by a sauce … or chopped, then gently sautéed in olive oil with garlic as you start to prepare a dish.
Is Espelette Pepper very spicy ?
No, Espelette pepper is more closely associated with sweet peppers than chilli peppers. On the Scoville scale, which measures spiciness, Espelette pepper measures 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 (simplified scale). If we look more closely on the normal scale, Espelette pepper measures between [1500-2500 unités de Scoville], Cayenne pepper [30000-50000 unités de Scoville], and bell pepper [0-100 unités de Scoville].
Espelette pepper on the Scoville scale
Capsaicin, the molecule responsible for the spiciness in Espelette peppers, is fat soluble: it mixes very well with fat, but not with water. To bring out its spiciness, don’t forget to mix with fat.
What are the virtues of Espelette Pepper ?
Espelette Pepper has many culinary virtues: it is a flavour enhancer which brings out the aromas of your dishes without masking them, providing a touch of gentle spiciness.