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14 October 2010
piment d'Esplette var. Northfield
Piment d'Esplette has the same AOC protection that's given to wine, cheese, chickens (Bresse) and other regional or terroir-specific foods, so I don't know what to call this pepper grown in Northfield, MN via seed from a seed saver in British Columbia. The seed originated in Esplette, a small village in the Basque area of southwestern France, but I don't know how long it's been in North America, adapting to new weather and soil. My three or four plants grew well in the garden, but produced few fruits. I've saved the seed and will plant more next year, hoping to eke out a plant that likes our short summer and unpredictable fall. It's a delicious pepper with a little heat and rich, deep taste.
I live in Middlebury, Vermont, a recent transplant after living in Minnesota from 1996 to 2012.
I'm a Buffalo, NY native. I grew up in a house where everything was made from scratch. Not fancy, but good.
I've a real love for traditional stews, especially coq au vin and cassoulet.
From raising and butchering the chickens and ducks I use for stews and confit, I love to be involved with all aspects of the food I eat. I grow vegetables in my garden and save seeds, sharing them with other gardeners through Seed Savers Exchange.
My wife and I have three children who eat, cook, garden, bake, and smell wine. They're part of almost everything we do in the kitchen and at the table.