Award winning Piper’s Crisps are on offer for 23rd and 24th February at Hornett Wholefoods – a 40g bag normally costs 75p; with 10% off, they are 67p a bag! They’re an ideal addition to lunch (they are particularly nice in a cheese sandwich) or a mid-morning snack. We have three flavours – Karnataka Black Pepper and Sea Salt, Lye Cross Cheddar and Onion, and Wissington Spicy Tomato. They’re all delicious, but my favourite is the Tomato flavour and they’re as spicy as the name says! The Pepper and Salt, and Tomato flavours are vegan; the Pepper and Salt flavour is also gluten-free.
Piper’s oversee the whole crisp making process, from growing their own potatoes, harvesting and cooking to adding flavours. The company was started in 2004 by three farmers who wanted to make crisps “as they should taste”. They do taste much more authentic than other more commercially available types – they leave the skins on and each crisp looks different from the next, rather than all being a uniform size and shape.
The tomatoes for this flavour are grown in Norfolk near British Sugar’s flagship beet factory. The waste heat and CO2 from the sugar factory is recycled into Piper’s greenhouses to feed the tomatoes! Crisp flavours from recycled materials – excellent!
Karnataka Black Pepper and Sea Salt –
In the tranquil Karnataka region on the edge of the Western Ghats in Southern India, the Faiz family use pepper plants to provide vital shade on their coffee plantation.
Lye Cross, at the foot of the picturesque Mendip Hills near the Somerset village of Cheddar, has been farmed by the Alvis family for 400 years. The farm’s herd of more than 1,000 cows graze the lush pasturelands to produce the rich milk that goes to make the cheese.