Rare Peppers

Épices de Cru Tribal Wild Black Pepper


In a nutshell: Perk up your palette with these wild peppers cultivated from original wild pepper vine cuttings found in the jungle of Kerala's Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary by the local Tribal sects.

This semi-wild black pepper is cultivated in the Tribal areas of Kerala, India. A small berry with a piercingly hot bite and refreshing palate-cleansing effect and perfect for all your cooking needs. Grown from original rootstock of wild pepper vines found in the jungle of the Periyar Tiger Reserve by local Tribal people who have inhabitated this area of the Cardamom Hills for a very long time. Today, they still cultivate and seek out the rambling jungle vines. The pepper is basically wild, grown around their villages on the Reserve with some cow dung and neem leaves (a natural pesticide) added around the base of the vines. We only source ours from these small villages within the boundaries of their beautiful park dedicated to the preservation of tigers, elephants, leopards, lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer and bison. In this way, they are able to derive an income from their native land without damaging the environment. 

Details 60g

About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.

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