Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorns jar 45g Steenbergs details and description
Steenbergs Organic Tellicherry Black Peppercorns (TGSEB) - top grade black pepper - are still quite difficult to find in the UK. Steenbergs Organic Tellicherry Garbled Extra Special Bold is its full name, but we call it Steenbergs organic luxury black pepper. Tellicherry Black Peppercorns are large organic black peppercorns, which can be likened to vintage wine compared to a bog ordinary wine, with a much rounder, fuller taste with lots of depth and character. No one can believe its just pepper when it has been ground, with everyone always convinced something extra has been added. You will have probably never tasted black pepper this fresh before and you will be amazed at the difference in taste and aroma. For more information about the beauty of organic black pepper, visit Axel and Sophie Steenberg's Blog.
Steenbergs Organic Tellicherry Peppercorns are the fruit of a tropical, woody climbing vine, Piper nigrum, which can reach up to 10m in height (33ft). However, pepper vines need a host tree to grow up, with for example areca nut, eucalyptus or palm trees used or in Malaysia pepper vines are grown up poles or trellises. The pepper vine has dark-green oval leaves that vary in size depending on the cultivar grown, but thy average at about 18cm long (7 inches) and 12cm (5 inches) wide. Little flowers hang down in catkins of 3-15cm in length (1-6 inches) within the dense leafy foliage. From these, the peppercorn fruits grow on densely packed spikes of 5-15cm in length (2-6 inches), containing up to 50 individual berries. These pepper fruits start out an intense green then ripen to a yellow colour before turning a reddish-pink colour when fully ripe. for more on pepper, check out Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages or Wikipedia.
However, most pepper fruits are harvested when still green and processed to make green, black and white peppercorns. For black peppercorns, the berries are picked when they have grown to full size but have not yet ripened, traditionally some six months after initial flowering just as a couple of berries have started to change to a yellow colour. These still green fruits are then laid out on concrete drying yards in the sun to dry. During this process, the moisture level falls to around 12% of weight and the berries wrinkle up into their characteristic knarled shape. Simultaneously, an enzymatic reaction takes place in the pericarp of the peppercorn which turns the green skin dark brown and produces the volatile oil, piperine, along with several other oleoresins that make the warming, oily flavours that are classic for black pepper's awesome taste. The black pepper is then cleaned from extraneous stuff, packed and stored. For more on the different grades of pepper, I have written a blog some time ago that expands on Pepper, or check out the Pepper entry on Wikipedia.
My favourite spice has to be Black Pepper. The taste is terrific and the glorious purple that oozes from the crushed Tellicherry berries really brightens up my meals. Top class spice!
Steenbergs Tellicherry Luxury Black Pepper forms part of Steenbergs range of organic and Fairtrade spices, peppers, herbs and blends. For more information on stockists (including becoming one), please call 01765 640088 or email to email@example.com.