Whole Red Wild 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 a small peppercorn with a small caudal appendage. It comes in three colours, corresponding to the different stages of ripening: black, white and red.
It is a rare product because the harvest is always difficult and the vines are sometimes inaccessible, growing up to twenty meters high.
This wild pepper is less powerful than black or white pepper. Crush it at the time of use. A coarse grind enables the aromas to be fully developed. Avoid aggressive cooking which makes it bitter and spicy and makes the more subtle flavours disappear. Preferably crush it directly onto your dish when it is served. Despite its exuberant aromatic character, these peppercorns are very easy to use.
It is the same pepper as the black Voatsiperifery pepper but picked at full maturity, which gives it much hotter notes.
Net weight: 80 g / 2.82 oz.
Packaging: Tin can
100% whole wild red voatsiperifery peppercorns.
Keep away from light, heat and moisture.
Botanical: Piper borbonense
Item dimensions: Ø7.5 x 5.5 cm / Ø2.95 x 2.16"
Shelf life: 4 years
It is used in the same way as the wild black pepper, but with a much hotter finish.