Featured in the November 2008 issue of Cooks Illustrated!
Special is absolutely the word to describe these lovingly raised peppercorns from Kerala, India. They are organically grown and carefully harvested in the Wynad (or Wayanad) district of Kerala. This area is known for producing India's finest pepper. What makes these peppercorns so special is their extended time on the vine. Most pepper is harvested when green. Parameswaran, the owner of the small plantation in the Wynad where he lives with his family, allows his pepper to grow until the berries are reddish and fully ripe. This makes harvesting more difficult because the vines must be picked numerous times as the berries ripen, not one time when all are green. After harvesting, the peppercorns are sun- dried, then vacuum-sealed to preserve their peak flavor and scent. The time and work is well worth it, as the berries have big, intense, complex flavor.
To produce the white pepper after harvesting, the ripe berries are soaked in 20 changes of spring water over 20 days. Once soaked, the outer skin of the berry is removed and the pepper is sun-dried and packed in the same way as the black. These white peppercorns are much spicier than the black and are perfect for light-colored food that loves a kick.
The production of pepper of this quality is demanding and labor intensive. In the Wynad many households will pick a small quantity of these ripened berries for their private use, but Parameswaran is the only exporter of this fully-ripened pepper, making it rare and revered in the United States and around the world. Parameswaran's Special Wynad Pepper was featured as one of the best by Cook's Illustrated in 2008 and it still holds that accolade. We are thrilled and pleased to have secured a new supply of both black and white peppercorns and offer them in Parameswaran's 75 gram bags, as well as larger quantities in our bulk zip bags.
For best flavor and potency when not using, keep tightly closed in a cool, dark cupboard away from direct heat or sunlight.
* Please note only the 75 gram bags are vacuum sealed.
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THE best black pepper
Posted by Joe on 17th Sep 2015
I've purchased the Wynad black peppercorns from Salt Traders several times. It is by far the best black pepper I have tried. Unique flavor and aroma. Order it in 8 ounce or larger quantities for best value. Salt Traders is the best source for this unique pepper. And nice people to do business with.
Best White Pepper
Posted by Frank on 27th May 2015
This has to be the tastiest white pepper ever. Full flavor and a great aroma make this a great choice.
The Best Pepper Ever!
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Feb 2015
The flavor is bright, peppery, fresh and a touch citrusy.I would definitely order it again, give as a gift, etc. Well worth the price.
Customer for life!
Posted by Unknown on 16th Dec 2014
If there's better pepper out there, I haven't tasted it. Been using it for years.
The only pepper in our house
Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2014
Just enough heat; just enough spice. Lingers on the palate like a good wine. Always use a coarse grind or just crack it. Brings out the flavor of a steak done on a charcoal grill as nothing else does.
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