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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. Just Amazing

    Posted by Master Pepperer on 7th Sep 2012

    The flavor is quite similar to my favorite - tellicherry - but the burn. Man - it grows and grows and then just lingers forever! And that's just biting into a corn. I can't WAIT to try it on something yummy, like a steak!


  2. Purely Perfect Pepper

    Posted by Melanie on 13th Oct 2010

    You really will tell the difference with this wonderful pepper, it almost has a floral flavor to it. It's absolutely worth the price!


  3. Absolutely the best black pepper

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Oct 2010

    As with the prior reviewer, I ordered this pepper after reading the CI review (Salt Traders is one of the very few, reliable vendors for this pepper. Don't bother with Amazon). We go through a 200g bag every 2-3 months. The peppercorns are vacuum sealed and dated for the crop. The pepper has a wonderful balance of full flavor, potency, and spiciness. Much better than other high-end brands.


  4. The best black pepper on the market

    Posted by Todd on 8th Oct 2010

    Following the review on Cooks Illustrated magazine I ordered this pepper curious how much of a different I would taste. The difference is incredible. My family is now addicted to this pepper and we go through the 200g in about 3-4 months. We give it as gifts.


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