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Wynad Pepper

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Wynad Pepper Product Description

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.

* Please note only the 75 gram bags are vacuum sealed.


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  1. 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.


  2. excellent and recommended purchase

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Feb 2014

    This is the best white pepper that I have ever purchased. A far as taste goes, this white pepper's characteristics are very similar to the Special Wynad Black Pepper. Full bodied, aromatic and fully covers the palate with glorious flavor more than just heat. Highly recommended.


  3. Pow!

    Posted by Frank on 1st Jan 2014

    Great fresh pepper taste! Well worth the cost with quality like this.


  4. Excellent

    Posted by KRS on 10th Dec 2013

    Excellent. The flavor takes a couple of seconds to develop, and the grains are small, so it needs to be ground fairly fine.


  5. Nice pepper - different

    Posted by Dom on 10th Sep 2013

    I can really taste the "extra" kick this pepper has.


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