Whole Wild Black Pepper - Voatsiperifery, Madagascar
The Voatsiperifery is the fruit of a vine belonging to the Piperaceae botanical family. It grows on tall trees in the tropical forest, in the hot and humid regions in the south-east of the island of Madagascar where it is harvested by village communities. It can also be found on Réunion and Mauritius. It is often confused with the cubeb pepper. It is even called "country cubeb" in Mauritius. It is given other common names: brown betel nut, wild or betalle pepper.
Its smell evokes pepper but with unusual woodland, coniferous and earthy notes, but also with notes of citrus fruit, fruit and flowers. Its taste is very fresh and long-lasting. The spice is not aggressive, but incisive and tenacious.