Pepper, Tellicherry Whole
1 lb bag $10.50
When it comes to tellicherry peppercorns, size does indeed matter. To qualify as a tellicherry, a black peppercorn must measure larger than 4.25 mm. The larger the diameter of that tiny sphere, the more goodies inside—goodies that result in aromatic intensity and complex flavor notes. The larger size traces back to a late harvest, allowing for optimal fruit development after the green berry has turned deep red. Like all black peppercorns, the tellicherry is the dried fruit of the woody vine, Piper nigrum, native to South and Southeast Asia. Like all black peppercorns, the tellicherry is pungent and hot. It also has hints of citrus, pine and grass. This is the peppercorn to put in mills intended for special dishes and special guests. To lend complex pungency to soups, casseroles and sauces, add a cheesecloth pouch containing tellicherry peppercorns during the cooking process. Remove before serving.
Purists claim the tellicherry must come from Tellicherry, India, or at very least Kerala State on the subcontinent’s southwestern coast. Tellicherry has been a spice trading hub for centuries. For millennia, India was the main source of all kinds of peppercorns, with Roman and later medieval Italian traders acting as the primary brokers. Italy long monopolized the peppercorn trade crossing the Arabian Sea and entering Venice and Genoa. As a result, pepper prices were beyond the reach of many European households. Finding another trade route, not controlled by the Italians, was one reason why Portuguese explorers set off for the New World in the late 15th century.
All black peppercorns offer happy health benefits, in addition to taste treats. Modern studies suggest the antioxidants in pepper may reduce harmful cholesterol, ease hypertension, balance blood sugar and protect brain health.
Mount Hope Wholesale offers our tellicherry peppercorns in bulk, in 1-pound bags.