Piment d'Espelette

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Piment d'Espelette
Classification C. annuum
Type paprika, chili
Fruit color red
Fruit shape conical, long
Fruit size medium
Heat level very mild
Scoville Heat Units (SHU) 500-4,000
Maturity midseason
Variety type open-pollinated
Country France
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Piment d'Espelette - ripe fruit. 2014-08-09.


Large conical peppers up to 6-7" long and 1.5-2" in diameter. Only mildly spicy, this pepper has delicious sweet and almost smoky flavor. In our cool summer, we did not detect much heat in this pepper. Great for fresh eating or can be dried for the most flavorful and aromatic paprika.

Seed source:

Alex Popovich, Surrey, BC, Canada 12

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • A French Basque pepper. According to Wikipedia, this pepper is cultivated in the French commune of Espelette, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, traditionally the northern territory of the Basque people. It is a cornerstone of Basque cuisine, where it replaced black pepper.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 1994 Yearbook by Bruno Ansker of Ergue-Gaberic, France (FRAN AN B).

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