Rare Peppers

Épices de Cru Voatsiperifery Wild Red Pepper


In a nutshell: This extremely rare wild red pepper from Madagascar is harvested by hand from vines that can grow up to 20 metres high! Brilliant with chocolate, strawberry or pineapple desserts.

Great Taste 2019 2-star award winner

Voatsiperifery Wild Red Pepper is harvested at full maturity, rare and extremely aromatic! This tailed pepper grows wild on the island of Madagascar. Each berry is harvested by hand from vines reaching up to 20 meters high. In order to preserve this unique peppercorn’s delicate red colour, the berries are left to ripen on the vine longer than usual. The resulting aroma is incomparable.

Fruity, woody notes with citrus overtones make this pepper a great choice for chocolate, strawberry or pineapple desserts. When blended with other peppers, it is great on red meat and game. Best added later in cooking, since cooking Red Voatsiperifery for too long can bring out some bitterness in the spice.

Details 40g

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.