The Piper borbonense, a woody climbing plant, grows on the islands off the eastcoast of Africa. In Madagascar they call this Voatsiperifery, meaning the fruits of the peppervine. The small, stalked berries are fairly sharp and fruity.

Piper borbonense pepper is also called Cubeba borbonensis, because it is related to the cubeb pepper. The sharpness of this pepper is determined by pepper oil (piperine), just all pepperspecies in the Piperaceae family.

The plant occurs in the tropical forests of Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius and the Seychelles, islands off the east coast of Africa, but hardly or not on the African continent itself. Picking the fruits is no easy task, the branches grow in the wild or semi-wild like lianas up to a height of 10 meters and more against trees. The fruits are located at the end of the branches on the young shoots, high in the vines. The fruits are 5 mm large and round, after drying a fraction smaller (3 mm).

On Madagascar, about one and a half to two tons of voatsiperifery is picked every year. Because the fruit is only picked in the wild, there is no organic labeling of the voatsiperifery. Voatsiperifery is (just like Kampot pepper) included in the 'Ark of the taste'.

Because of the botanical name and the link with Madagascar it seems obvious to call the pepper bourbon pepper, but that name is already used for the fruits of the Schinus molle, a relative of the pistachio nut. This is called Peruvian pink pepper.

Why not organic?

In order to be able to deliver this organically grown pepper under the designation, we will have to be certified as a packer / producer of the pepper. We are not. Although we keep the organic products and products from regular cultivation strictly separated, we cannot (yet) carry the organic label.

Usage

It's pairs wonderful with white fish and meats. Suitable for delicate vegetables such as zucchini, cucumbers and beans, in creamy soups and sauces and as a table pepper. 

Suggestion: Pair it with goat cheese, even in warm preparations. Don't overheat the peper, as that will express bitter tastes.

Feautures 

  • 100% pepper berries from the Piper borbonense
  • origin: Madagascar
  • harvest 2019

Product range

  • available in pouch, glass and testtubes
  • pouches containing 30, 45, 60, 250 or 500 grams
  • testtubes 10 ml
  • glass containing 60 grams

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • grind pepper shortly before eating it
  • add it only in the last stage of preparation of your dish (last minute)
  • keep it in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • January 2023
Origin
Madagascar
Botanical name
Piper borbonense
Ingredients
No additions 100% dried pepper grains
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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