The history of the spice trade essentially about the quest for pepper. Peppercorns and long pepper from the coast of Malabar (India) reached Europe at least 3,000 years ago. Because of the importance of the spice trade these trade routes were fiercely protected and empires were built and destroyed because of it. Pepper has even been used as currency. In 408CE the Goth demanded pepper as a part of their tribute when they laid siege to Rome. Later pepper was traded ounce for ounce for gold and used to pay dowries, rents, and taxes. The main producers of pepper are India (still!), Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Our Black Peppercorns are sourced from Brazil, India, Indonesia and Vietnam (depending on the time of year) and are picked when the berry hasn’t fully ripened. This whole black peppercorn produces a distinctly spicy flavor which is slightly hot and biting with a just a hint of sweetness and a clean aftertaste.
It is best to store whole peppercorns in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and they will keep their flavor for about a year (while ground pepper tends to hold its flavor for only about 4 months). If you don’t already have a top grade pepper mill you should definitely get one as freshly ground pepper delivers a more intense savory experience than purchased ground pepper.
Good with eggs, fish, pork, chicken, salads, soup, strawberries and tomatoes. Works well in combination with basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, parsley, rosemary, thyme and turmeric.
What’s in the jar? Whole Black Peppercorns