Why not all pepper is the same: Origins

Why not all pepper is the same: Origins

Now that we've explored the fascinating world of pepper varieties, let's take a look at the places where these delicious little grains are grown. Here are some of the largest and most well-known pepper growing regions:

1.India: The heart of pepper cultivation

India is undoubtedly one of the most important pepper growing regions. The regions of Kerala and Karnataka are known for their highly prized black pepper. The long pepper that we discussed in the blog post on varieties also comes from India. The diverse landscape and ideal climate make these regions perfect places for growing pepper.

2. Vietnam: The king of the world market

Over the decades, Vietnam has become the largest producer of pepper in the world. White pepper from Vietnam is particularly popular. The regions of Dak Lak and Dak Nong are known for their pepper plantations, which stretch across endless green hills. This is where our classic black pepper mostly comes from.
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3. Brazil: The emerging pepper giant

Brazil is not only famous for its coffee, but also for its pepper. The states of Par├í and Esp├şrito Santo are important black pepper growing areas. Brazilian pepper production is growing steadily and its peppercorns are sought after in many parts of the world.

4. Indonesia: Diversity in the archipelago

Indonesia, especially the islands of Sumatra and Java, is another major player in the world of pepper cultivation. Here you will find a wide range of pepper varieties, including black, white and green pepper. The volcanic soil and humid climate are perfect conditions for pepper cultivation.
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5. Cambodia: Uniqueness of a cultivar

One of the most exciting pepper growing areas that has received increasing attention in recent years is Cambodia. This fascinating country in Southeast Asia has a long history of pepper cultivation that dates back to the 13th century. However, during the turbulent times of the 20th century, pepper cultivation in Cambodia was greatly neglected. It is only in recent years that Cambodian pepper, especially the famous Kampot pepper, has made a comeback.
The Kampot pepper is the star of Cambodian pepper cultivation and is considered one of the best peppers in the world and is also my favorite. It comes from the region around the city of Kampot and the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. This pepper is characterized by its unique aroma and exceptional quality. The volcanic soil, the mild climate and the careful handwork of the farmers all contribute to Kampot pepper having a special place in the world of spice.

The Kampot pepper plantations: sustainability and quality

What really sets Kampot pepper apart is its sustainable farming practices. Many of Cambodia's plantations rely on traditional, organic methods and avoid the use of chemicals. The pepper plants are tended by hand, and the entire cultivation process is carefully monitored to ensure the highest quality. This focus on sustainability and quality has led to Kampot pepper receiving international recognition and numerous awards in recent years.
The return of Cambodian pepper
The return of pepper cultivation in Cambodia is not only a culinary success story, but also a social and economic one. The revival of the pepper industry has provided a source of income for many farmers and their families and contributed to the economic development of the region.

Kampot pepper as a sustainable answer to mass production

In our shop you will find 4 types of Kampot pepper and they all tell a story: a region that has revived its culinary tradition and is proud to offer a product of the highest quality. Here you will find black Kampot pepper, white Kampot pepper, red Kampot pepper and fermented fresh Kampot pepper.
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Conclusion: Experiment with Peppers from Different Regions

All large (and small) growing areas offer unique flavors, but there is one thing you should always pay attention to: whole pepper berries retain the flavors better than ground ones. You should also always pay attention to the quality (color, fragments and origin) when buying pepper. More on that next time. Cheers, and may your food always be seasoned with the right pepper!

Matthias Hirsch

Matthias ist der Gr├╝nder von Gipfelhirsch und verpackt seit 2021 intensiven Geschmack mit Humor und einem vollen Label Wissen zusammen in alles was gut schmecken soll.

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