The peket or pékèt or pèkèt is the name given to the juniper in Wallon.
EtymologyThe word peket means " piquant" as an old Walloon. According to other sources, this word would come from the language of the coalminers (see with " discussion"). It undoubtedly comes from the Walloon word " pèke" who, in certain areas of Wallonia, means bays of genévrier. This name it would then be transposed, in Wallonia, with the Eau-de-vie aromatized using these bays. Today this name is also given to the junipers aromatized with varied tastes (lemon-yellow, strawberry, melon, etc…) one speaks then about peket-lemon, peket-strawberry, etc… .
FolkloreThe peket is extremely appreciated with the “ Festivités of the Assumption ” in Outremeuse. It can be tasted in all the bars and coffees of the Burning Cité, or with the Fêtes of Wallonia to Namur.
The regional kitchen comprises receipts with the peket: curdle and duck in particular. It also marvelously accompanies smoked fish or strong cheeses, like the Herve.
It is traditionally sold out of ground bottle of one liter, but of other conditionings out of glass exist. The peket is sometimes called white , mainly by young people.
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