Winner of the Gold medal for quality by Monde Selection*
Black pepper grows in bunches like grapes, on a climbing vine. Most black peppercorns are harvested while still green, and the drying process gives them their distinctive dark skin. Burlap & Barrel's are allowed to ripen longer on the vine before being hand-picked and sun-dried, resulting in a rich chocolate-colored pepper berry with dense wrinkles and a bright, fruity spiciness.
Burlap & Barrel is the exclusive importer of Zanzibar black pepper into the United States. This pepper, like all of our spices from Zanzibar, are grown organically.
- Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Process: Sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% whole black peppercorns (Piper nigrum)
- Tasting notes: Cacao • Lemon • Tropical Heat
- Grind fresh onto anything and everything
- Sauté ground with butter and cheese and drizzle over pasta for Cacio e Pepe
- Cook a few tablespoons with butter, shallots and cream for an Au Poivre sauce
Pairs well with: Silk Chili, Smoked Pimenton Paprika, Cured Sumac
Burlap & Barrel sources their Zanzibar black pepper from a cooperative of smallholder artisan farmers on the Zanzibar islands off of the eastern coast of Tanzania, many of whose families have been growing pepper and other spices (including our Cinnamon Verum, Pemba Cloves and Stone Nutmeg) for generations.
Black peppercorns grow in bunches, like grapes, on a climbing vine and are mostly harvested while still green. Burlap & Barrel's are allowed to ripen a little longer, where the pepper turns more orange, before it is hand-picked and sun-dried into a rich chocolate-colored peppercorn berry. It is optimal to store and keep the peppercorns whole, as ground peppercorn loses its flavor and aroma very rapidly.
Like all of the spices from their partner cooperative in Zanzibar, this black pepper is grown on an EU-certified organic farm.
Meet the Farmer: Bwana Bakari (pictured with his child) is the chair of the farmers' cooperative, where Burlap & Barrel sources their peppercorns in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Each year, he leads the cooperative in harvesting these spicy, citrusy peppercorns by hand, which are then hand sorted to check for quality.
Ingredients: black peppercorns
Weight: 57 g / 2 oz