Thursday, 7 July 2016

Lay's Edition Limitee Saveur Piment Basque

This limited edition crisp came from the supermarket outside Reims and purports to be a special Basque flavour.

Never having visited the Basque country I wasn't really aware that the Basque population traditionally wears a white shirt and trousers with a red neckerchief and belt or sash. That's the men of course. The women get to wear a selection of different outfits depending on their area of origin: despite the small size of the Basque region it seems to encompass a lot of little smaller regions all with their own costumes and even language. Wikipedia sometimes has too much information for the unwary seeker of facts. If you are interested in traditional costumes you find out more on this jolly blog here.

Wikipedia also has much to say on the subject of pelota (also known as jai alai and other names too) which is being played on the packet here.

However, Wikipedia cannot help me discover whether this crisp tastes genuinely Basque. Because if you ask me this tastes very like a traditional paprika crisp. Perfectly OK, good crunch, you know the story... but not particularly special. And I think the reluctant taste testers would agree with that.

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