Black Tellicherry Peppercorns
Black Tellicherry Peppercorns come from the western Malabar Coast of southern India. Grown on the sunny slopes of Mt. Tellicherry, these peppercorns are left on the vine longer, allowing them to grow larger and develop a rich, clean, aromatic flavor with deeper citrus and floral notes.
Ready to use whole or ground. Add to taste.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Black Tellicherry Peppercorns (Piper nigrum) come from the same common pepper plant as standard black peppercorns. Their larger size and richer flavor comes from leaving these peppercorns on the vine longer, allowing them to fully mature. As a result, they develop a fuller flavor and increased floral and citrus notes. Considered a premium black peppercorn, Black Tellicherry Peppercorns come from the western Malabar Coast of southern India. The plant produces tiny berries that can be harvested and processed at various stages of their maturity to achieve different flavors and colors. Black Tellicherry Peppercorns are harvested at full maturity and ripeness. They are next briefly boiled and then allowed to dry and ferment until they become wrinkled, black and pungent.
While Vietnam is currently the world's largest producer of black peppercorns, India was the site of the first documented peppercorn use, in the 4th century B.C. Experts believe the plant originated in the Southern Indian state of Kerala.
Peppercorns have far-reaching cultural and historical significance. Europeans sought them as far back as ancient times, and as a result they often drove exploration and commerce. As early as the Roman Empire, they were bought, sold and taxed. The lure of pepper and other spices brought explorers from all over Europe to India during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
In this recipe, juicy pan-seared sirloin steaks are rubbed with a simple salt, garlic powder and onion powder blend then coated with our ground Black Tellicherry Peppercorns - an aromatic, slightly citrusy variety from the Malabar Coast of southern India.