A berry with aromas of grapefruit!
Of Nepalese origin, this bay is harvested in small endemic trees of the species Zanthoxylum armatum. They thrive in the wild in the Mahabharat range.
Its fresh and tart notes give it the nickname "Pepper grapefruit". This small bay is the basic spice of the populations encountered in Terai, a region of "wetlands" in southern Nepal.
Birthplace of the Buddha, there are tharu villages with their thatched houses. It is at more than 2000m altitude that thorny shrubs thrive.
Its exotic notes with aromas of candied lemon and lemongrass harmonize perfectly with scallops, a beautiful lobster and citrus butter, a gilly or a simple citrus salad.
To use slightly crushed to send the dish!
Cultivated in Asia, Szechuan Bay takes its name from its favorite region, Szechuan, in China.
The shrub with red foliage gives birth to small berries. At first green, they blush then brown with maturity. They then open to drop the two seeds they contain ... and offer us their tasty envelope!
Already prized in ancient China for its combination of freshness and warmth, power and aphrodisiac properties, Szechuan Bay would have even embalmed its enchanting smell on the walls of the "pepper chambers" of Chang'an Palace.
It first appeared in Europe in the XNUMXth century when Marco Polo imported it to Venice where it seduced cooks and perfumed all dishes before falling into culinary oblivion. It was in the XNUMXth century that Szechuan Bay came back to us in force.
Its lime-green aromas, as well as its notes of dried flowers and sour cherries, go perfectly with a half-cooked duck foie gras, a pan of green asparagus or a soft chocolate cake.
It is today essential!
The ribs of Malabar: the historic cradle of pepper!
The pepper crop is native to the Malabar coast in India. Its name comes from Sanskrit (Indo-European language): "Pippali".
Pepper is at the origin of all discoveries, since always. For economic or cultural reasons, the man exchanges, moves, buys, sells, implements counters ...
There are traces of the use of Malabar pepper in the mummification of Ramses II.
The first pepper plants are indigenous, from the state of Kerala. They were then introduced over the centuries in other countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Madagascar and more recently in Cameroon in the 30 years.
Harvested at optimum ripeness, this fresh pepper will complement perfectly with red meat, a sweet salty preparation, or a vegetable pie.
To crush on all your dishes for a divine refinement.
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