Terre Exotique Black Phu Quoc Pepper - 70gRegular price $17.00
The island of Phu Quoc is called the "Emerald Island" as it harbours many natural treasures. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia. The island has been part of Vietnam since 1945.
Pepper cultivation was introduced in the 18th century by the Chinese. Nowadays, pepper production on the island is very select and only small quantities are produced. In Phu Quoc, only 1.5 tons/hectares are produced, compared to other regions of Vietnam that produce 8-10 tons/hectares.
On the island, all production is done entirely by hand: harvesting, retting, washing, drying and sorting. Most of the pepper plantations are in Cua Duang, the center of the island. The pepper is harvested from February to April. The inhabitants of Phu Quoc island call the pepper "Tiêu" and eat it with seafood and fish, where they grind the pepper with salt and add lime. They also use it for seasoning for all their local dishes.
Phu Quoc black pepper is picked by hand before they are fully ripened and then left to dry in the sun.
With scents of leather and wild yet sugary notes, it is best to grind it using a mortar and pestle to release its flavours. This pepper will delight your pan-fried foie gras, red meats, roast poultry and vegetable gratins.