Pseudo peppers

Pseudo peppers are often called 'false peppers' like in French  'aux poivres'. It's odd how the term pepper is beeing used almost exclusively for [pointing out two plant species, the Piperaceae of which black pepper (piper nigrum) is the well-known species, and the Capsaiceae, the chili peppers. By using the term pseudo peppers we mean to include all other berries and seeds that are used in the same way as 'pepper'.

In many countries, pseudo peppers are neither false nor inferior, but the default, such as in Japan, where black pepper and chili pepper have to beat Szechuan pepper, such as sansho. In the west, chili pepper is hard to imagine and some classic peppers have been completely forgotten, such as long pepper, grains of paradise and selim.

The essential differences between the botanically different peppers concern both taste and sharpness. Only the peppers from the Piperaceae family contain piperine, and only chili pepper capsaicin. Their effect on our body is quit different, they address our receptors in very different ways, which is expressed in a the way we experience the sharpness of those substances. Like we do sanshool, the spicy substance in the peppers of the Zanthoxylum genus (Szechuan peppers). They don't give a burning sensation like chili pepper, but a numbing one, on the point of one's tongue.

We take you with our pseudo peppers on a trip around the world that is well worth joining us.


Andaliman (Batak pepper)

Andaliman (Batak pepper)

These aromatic, sharp berries are andaliman. They come from the Indonesian isle Sumatra, one of the very few places in the world where the Zanthoxylum acanthopodium - a spiky shrub or tree - is found. It grows exclusively in the wild.Andali..

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Grains of paradise

Grains of paradise

Grains of papadise is a sharp pepper, loved in West African and Surinamese cuisine. The small seeds are contained in a seed box embedded in a jelly-like fluid, which is removed after drying.This (pseudo) pepper from Ghana is a member of the..

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Igi-ata

Igi-ata

Various species of Zanthoxylum grow in Africa, amongst which the Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides. It grows in West Africa and is called igi-ata in Yoruba, which means tree pepper. This Sichuan pepper is less fragrant than the Asian species perha..

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Lai Châu mountainpepper

Lai Châu mountainpepper

This mountain pepper, called triphal in India and ma khaen in Laos, comes from the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, where it is named after the drowned city of Lai Châu. The pepper grows exclusively in the wild.Mountain pepper is a Szechua..

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Mbongo

Mbongo

Mbongô comes from West Africa, and is also called alligator pepper, after its appearance. The "scaly" egg-shaped seed box contains many small seeds, reminiscent of paradise grain. Mbongô is one of the four local peppers in the famous Nigeri..

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Raye timur

Raye timur

Raye timur grows wild in large parts of the Himalayas and in the Indian Eastern Ghats. It is the tiny berry of the Zanthoxylum armatum, a Szechuan pepper. The dark brown berry is sharp and has an unmissable citrus aroma.In Nepal and India t..

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Red Sechuan pepper Huā jiāo

Red Sechuan pepper Huā jiāo

COMING BACK AGAIN SOON  Dà hóng páo huā jiāo, also called the tribute pepper is a powerful pepper with a lovely taste of clear citrus and a lavender aroma. The berry is bigger and brighter than that of the Má jiāo, but equally pungent...

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Red Sechuan pepper Má jiāo

Red Sechuan pepper Má jiāo

Má jiāo is a powerful pepper, with a clear citrus and lavender aroma, characteristic of Sichuan pepper from China. The berry is smaller and darker than that of the famous Dà hóng páo hua jiāo, but the sharpness of the two is not different.T..

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Sanshō-no-mi (green sanshō)

Sanshō-no-mi (green sanshō)

Our green sanshō or sansho pepper from Wakayama is undeniably one of the better sanshas. The slightly bitter, oil-rich seeds have been removed to do justice to the subtle mint and citrus flavor.The sanshō or Japanese pepper is related to th..

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Selim (kani pepper)

Selim (kani pepper)

Selim pepper, also known as selim kani or kani pepper. It is the dried fruit of a tree that is related to the custard apple. It is therefore not "real pepper." The taste is described as a marriage between a cubeb pepper and nutmeg.This (pse..

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Tasmanian pepper (bush pepper)

Tasmanian pepper (bush pepper)

Tasmanian mountain pepper is an exclusive pepper that is counted as 'bush food', products that are specific to the Australian bush. That certainly applies to this robust, tasty pepper. Experience how it 'explodes' in your mouth.The Tasmania..

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