When archaeologist uncovered Ramses II, they found black peppercorns stuffed in his nostrils – this was part of the ritual mummification process. During the Age of Discovery, black pepper and the profit of the spice trade was one of the reasons Portugal, Spain, France, and other European nations sailed the world and expanded the map; to find new sources of spice. Nearly all pepper traded in the ancient world made its way through Malabar, on the Indian Peninsula, and is the main reason the region developed as a major port and trading post in the ancient world. Indeed, black peppercorns play a distinct part in human history that is more entrenched in the development of nations than we understand.
They also taste so flippin’ good.
Black pepper is used as a spice in nearly all the world’s cuisines as a pungent, spicy, heating agent for food due to the presence of capsaicin and piperine. Teasings of citrus and wood also add to black pepper’s allure.
Tellicherry peppercorns have been left on the vine to ripen considerably. The result is a large, bloated peppercorn with a more distinguished flavor. The aroma is far more pungent and woodsy, with citrus notes that have a more pronounced Navel orange origin.
Tellicherry peppercorns are named after the town of Tellicherry, a commercial town on the Malabar coast where special grafts of black peppercorn vines are grown for these particular berries. Tellicherry was of significant importance during the eras of the spice trade and the town became known for its particularly pungent peppercorns. The town was equally known for growing exceptionally fragrant green cardamom.
|Recommended Applications||The enticing aromatic qualities of the Black Tellicherry Peppercorn is great when included in a rub for pork roasts or beef. This variety of peppercorn can be added whole, crushed, or ground to any recipe that requires black or green peppercorns. Commonly used to make marinades, salad dressings and sauces.|
|Basic Preparation||Any spice is best to use promptly after it has just been ground. Another way to add the Black Peppercorn flavoring is to place them in a cheese cloth bag and let simmer in a stew or soup, remove the bag before serving. Also notable, pepper looses its flavoring during extended cooing periods, so it is best to add towards the end of cooking.|
|Cuisine||Asian, Indian, Southeast Asia|
|Taste & Aroma||Hot, Pungent|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Qualities||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Country of Origin||India|
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