Cambodia has a storied history of growing fine peppercorns dating back to the 13th century. Traders from Indonesia, Holland, and France have all played major parts in its history. France’s Cambodian colonies and culinary authority popularized this cultivar of peppercorn, especially in the 20th century. French gourmet Auguste Escoffier was quite fond of these particular peppercorns.
Sadly, Kampot pepper production collapsed under the rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s. It wasn’t until the past couple decades that pepper farmers returned to their traditions and brought this rare and exceptional spice back on to the global spice market. Kampot pepper is considered the finest peppercorn in the world. Kampot peppercorns are named after their region of production, much in the same way parmesan cheese and champagne are named. They are even the first Cambodian product to receive the French appellation d'origine contrôlée. (Protected geographical indication.)
The Journey: From Farm to Your Kitchen
The Kampot Black Peppercorns owe their distinctive taste to the rich, fertile soil and tropical climate of the Kampot province in Cambodia. These peppercorns are handpicked by local farmers who have perfected the art of harvesting over generations, ensuring that only the best peppercorns reach your kitchen. The berries are sun-dried until they turn black, preserving their full-bodied flavor and pungent aroma. This meticulous process, steeped in tradition and precision, contributes to the superior quality of these peppercorns, setting them apart from their counterparts.
The Spice House proudly sources our Kampot peppercorns from La Plantation—a company making strides in socially and environmentally responsible spice production in Cambodia. Since 2013, La Plantation has fostered economic opportunities, cultural preservation, environmental sustainability, and access to education in rural Cambodia.
The Culinary Marvel: Kampot Black Peppercorns in Action
Kampot Black Peppercorns are not just another spice in your kitchen; they are the embodiment of versatility. These peppercorns are perfect for adding depth to a wide array of dishes, whether you're making a hearty stew, a rich sauce, or a zesty salad dressing. Their warmth and slight sweetness, combined with a strong peppery flavor, harmonize well with various ingredients, creating a symphony of flavors on the palate. The Kampot Black Peppercorns are not just a spice, but a gastronomic adventure waiting to unfold in your kitchen.
Key Features of Kampot Black Peppercorns:
Distinctive Flavor: Kampot Black Peppercorns have a unique flavor profile, combining a warm and slightly sweet taste with a strong peppery kick that makes them stand out.
Superior Quality: The peppercorns are grown in the mineral-rich soils of Kampot, Cambodia, and harvested by hand, ensuring the highest quality product.
Versatile Use: The peppercorns can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to sauces and salads, adding depth and complexity to your meals.
Natural and Organic: The Kampot Black Peppercorns are 100% organic, free from any artificial additives or preservatives, making them a healthier choice.
Rich in Nutrients: Apart from their culinary uses, these peppercorns are a great source of essential nutrients like iron, potassium, and vitamins, contributing to a balanced diet.
Add a jar of Kampot Black Peppercorns to your kitchen shelf today, and embark on a culinary journey that promises an explosion of flavors and a delightful dining experience. This spice isn't merely about heat; it's about elevating your dishes to new heights with every pinch!
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I have purchased blends that are very close to these. I am very happy with the quality of the product and especially the grind. I’ve purchased other products and felt the grind was too fine. I’d say this is definitely a medium grind of the pepper and spices. Perfect blend! I’m actually having to make myself grab my pepper grinder and not use this blend as a default. Super happy with purchase will definitely be reordering and at a larger quantity.
Nicely peppery, it is likely the pepperiest pepper I have had.
Very nice flavor with a definite depth to it.
Once you have tried Red Kampot pepper, you’ll never go back. It enhances flavors, especially in meat, vegetable and pasta dishes. Quite delicious freshly ground.
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