Know Your Black Pepper



Tellicherry Black Pepper

Considered the finest pepper in the world, these extra-large berries come from the Malabar coast of India. They’re left on the vine longer than most pepper, so they develop a deep, rich flavor.

I have used this in my fresh pepper grinder for several years, just loving the beautiful scent. If you do some Googling about this pepper, you will find people swearing it is the very best of all black peppers. That’s what I thought – until my spice shop introduced me to a “new” pepper that had just arrived.


Tasmanian Black Pepper

Tasmania’s native ‘pepper’ is also sometimes referred to as Mountain Pepper. These black berries are a succulent, hot berry with a crunchy seed cluster at their center. When eaten alone, the berries have a sweet taste at the beginning, followed by short-lasting intense heat. We think they are an interesting alternative to conventional black pepper although you should use a light hand—they are 10 times as hot!!

And, 10 times the price! The berries are very dark, and much softer to grind which is nice for my arthritic hands. Of course, if you don’t have a spice shop nearby, you can purchase these online. But, be careful – a little goes a long way.




These are the two peppers I use in my kitchen. They are both beautiful and add so much to the dishes coming from your kitchen. I like a clear pepper grinder so I can see which pepper to use.

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