The connection between the knowledge of raw materials that Garaia Cooperative has, and AZTI’s experience and knowledge in food technologies and processes, has allowed a new convenience product to be developed, making it easier to eat Eusko Label Gernika peppers. Gernika peppers fried in extra virgin olive oil are packaged in a tray with 18 units, and are ready-to-eat after they have been microwaved for 1 minute.

It has taken 2 years to develop and has had the support of the Basque Government and the Bizkaia Provincial Council. The preparation process and the preservation technology for the new product were defined and validated so that the product can be refrigerated (between 4 °C and 7 °C) and preserved in perfect conditions for 11 days, without the need for any additives or preservatives. It is a completely natural product, as the only ingredients are Gernika peppers and extra virgin olive oil. Straight from farm to fork.

Gernika peppers are a native variety of peppers produced in the Basque Country. They were only known locally until recently, but their particular flavour and finesse have made them famous and they are even used in fine dining cuisine.

The AZTI technological centre has worked in close collaboration with companies such as Garaia Koop that are committed to R&D to increase the value of their products and to penetrate the market, responding to consumer trends and strengthening their activities.