Brebis au piment d’Espelette is a firm sheep’s milk cheese rubbed with pimento powder.
The cheese is made from milk from Manech and Basco-Béarnaises sheep.
The curd is cut, moulded and pressed, then salted, and brushed with crushed smoked Espelette Chile Pepper powder, then aged for at least 3 months.
The cheese is about 10 inches (25 cm) wide by 3 1/2 to 6 inches (9 to 15 cm) tall. It will weigh 13 to 15 1/2 pounds (6 to 7 kg.)
Brebis au piment d’Espelette received European PDO status in 2002.