At Costco today, I bought a new jar of black peppercorns. I had never before given their origin a thought. I noticed that they were called Tellicherry peppercorns. Next to it were jars of Malabar peppercorns. Since I knew that the Malabar Coast runs along the southwest corner of India in Kerala and that Tellicherry is a city in the Malabar Coast, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about these peppercorns.
The word for pepper is originally derived from the Sanskrit word pippali. This small dark fruit has been grown and traded for thousands of years. It was high in value since it was used not only as a spice in most countries but as a medicine. Peppercorns are usually identified by their land of origin. It turns out that Tellicherry and Malabar are two of the most well known types of black peppercorns.
In fact both spices come from the same plants; Tellicherry pepper is considered superior since they are left on the plant longer so they become the largest and ripest fruit from the Malabar plants (about 10 percent of the total). India is the second largest exporter of pepper in the world.
Look for the spicy flavor Tellicherry or Malabar pepper can bring to every dish!
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