Ezpeleta pepper is a variety of pepper grown in the Basque Country. Named after the picturesque village of Ezpeleta, it is common to see row after row of these peppers hanging to dry outside many of the houses and shops in the village during the summer.
The Ezpeleta pepper is protected by a P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) which means they can only be produced in the Basque Country. In this case, it also dictates that the Ezpeleta pepper must be handpicked and only from August until the first frost.
GAEC Haranea is the name of a hamlet that makes products derived from Ezpeleta (Espelette) peppers. The hamlet is located in the town of Itsasu and is part of an association of Basque hamlets, Idoki.
The Ezpeleta pepper products by Haranea include Ezpeleta powder, tabasco and Ezpeleta pulp.
The Ezpeleta pepper of the Haranea Estate was awarded the Gold Medal at the General Agricultural Competition in 2005 and 2006 in France. Its quality has been recognized for years and has earned the Estate the French Ministry of Agriculture Excellence Award in 2008.
The Ezpeleta peppers are recognised as A.O.C. Piment d'Espelette, and protected by P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) which means they can only be produced in the Basque Country.
How the products are made
Haranea look after their peppers; the peppers are cultivated and picked using ecological methods and following the recommendations of the regulatory council of the designation of origin. No chemicals are used and annual rotation of crop plots is mandatory.