In a nutshell: A very aromatic with a long finish with notes reminiscent of confit fruits.
An exceptional pepper, most appropriate when used as a finishing touch in any kind of dish. Its rich, balsamic fragrance also marries well with pear-based desserts, apples and chocolate.
In order to produce this pepper grade, peppercorns must fully mature on the vine – a longer process than the production of black pepper. Red peppercorns are hand-selected during harvest, as their transformation is more complex. Once dried, red peppercorns develop a more complex, fruity flavour when compared to black pepper, without losing their bite.
Kampot pepper comes from the Cambodian province of the same name. More precisely, this pepper is cultivated in the Chhuk region. The Kampot terroir is classified as “Protected Geographical Indication”; meaning that its cultivation is restricted to a specific territory and its production must strictly adhere to traditional, local agricultural methods. This is one of their most reputable peppers.
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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