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Fresh Piment d'Espelette grown by Preston Farm & Winery - Healdsburg, Dry Creek Valley

Melanie Wong | Aug 1, 202011:30 PM     3

This season's most exciting find at the farmers market so far are the fresh red Piment d'Espelette grown by Lou Preston at his biodynamic farm. This is the signature chile pepper of the Basque heartlands. In the EU, these peppers have their own protected appellation.

While I have used the French piment in dried form, this is the first time I've seen them fresh. Preston said this is a new crop for them. A basket was $4 at last Saturday's farmers market in Healdsburg. They have rich flavor and are more sweet than spicy, clocking in at medium hot on my palate, meaning they feel less hot than a jalapeño. So far I've added a couple to a saute of summer squash and made a pepper beef stir-fry with strips of ribeye steak. I probably will dry some.

The orange-colored peppers in the photo are called Bulgarian carrot chiles. They were described to me as extremely spicy and "ruin-your-day hot". I did not try them.

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