A CLASSIC WITH A TWIST
The debate about the merits of Black Tellicherry vs. regular Black Malabar peppercorns rages among pepper enthusiasts, who are, as you might imagine, a hot tempered bunch. Regular Malabar pepper is the classic, tall wooden grinder stuff you’ve been cracking over your steak, and Tellicherry peppers are, among some, considered a bit of an evolution.
Black Tellicherry pepper is not necessarily pepper that comes from the city of Tellicherry, India, though it can be. In fact, Salt Trader’s excellent Black Tellicherry peppercorns are grown in Kerala, India, on the Malabar coast, and they’re actually grown on the same vine as all the other peppercorns. What turns classic peppercorns into Tellicherry peppercorns is growing technique; they’re left on the vine longer, so they have more time to mature. That gives them a fuller, more fruity, citrus-y, sunny and aromatic tone.
Use these to season your regular roster of meats, but surprise yourself by cracking this most sophisticated spice over mangos and strawberries to bring out their unique, spicy sweetness.
Then figure out which side of the debate you’re on. Are you pepper classic? Or has Salt Trader’s fragrant offering got you so spiced up you want to tell(icherry) all your friends?