The whitewashed Basque town of Espelette is famous for its dark-red chillies, an integral ingredient in traditional Basque cuisine. So prized is lepiment d'Espelette that it's been accorded Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status, like fine wine. In autumn you can scarcely see the walls of the houses under rows of chillies drying in the sun.
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