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Tangerine Pepper - Nepal

Mandarin pepper is a rare pepper that will bring strong notes of citrus fruits, deep musk, with a very discreet spiciness. To discover for a very surprising olfactory journey.

Food pairing: Crustaceans, meat, game, world cuisine, fruity and chocolate desserts.

Origin - Plantations: Himalayan foothills - Nepal

Packaging: 10g resealable bag - aroma preservation.

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  • What is mandarin pepper?

    Mandarin Pepper is from the Lauraceae family. Originally from Nepal, this fake pepper is close to Fagaras, just like Sichuan pepper or Timur berries.

    This pepper is harvested from the acute leafed knightbird (Zanhoxylum oxyphyllum). This species is particular because it is found either as a shrub or as a tree whose height can reach more than 5 metres.

    The acute-leaved sandpiper grows at high altitudes between 1,800 and 2,600 metres.

    David Vanille's choice: I chose a mandarin pepper from Nepal for its subtle aroma. Let yourself be surprised by this sweet but strong pepper! A delight on meats as well as on fish and shellfish.

    Harvesting mandarin pepper

    The tree flowers between October and November. The flowers, arranged in umbels, are deep green with violet notes. They contain fruit, similar to seeds.

    These 8 mm diameter mandarin pepper berries are distinguished by their dark orange colour and wrinkled appearance. Rich in essential oils, they emit a strong citronella scent.

    After harvesting, the Mandarin Pepper berry will be dried in the sun for several weeks to develop its entire aromatic palette.

    The differences between real pepper and fake pepper

    If Mandarin Pepper is called "False Pepper", it is simply because it is not part of the "Piper" genus (Piper nigrum, piper longum...), as are real peppers.

    Did you know that? "Real pepper" grows in a vine, while"fake peppers" grow on trees or bushes.


    The origins of Mandarin Pepper

    Mandarin pepper is a rare pepper originating from Nepalese forests located at high altitudes, and more precisely, in the Himalayas. It is also found in India and Nepal.

    Mandarin pepper nowadays

    Rare pepper, mandarin pepper is extremely aromatic. As its name suggests, it develops citrus aromas

    • blood orange
    • kumquat
    • lemon
    • tangerine

    Today, it is also used in combination with black pepper. In fact, I invite you to mix it in a pepper bowl with your black pepper berries.

    Other uses of Mandarin Pepper Berry

    If the use of Mandarin Pepper in cooking is still quite confidential, this berry is an essential element in Nepalese cuisine and traditional medicine.

    It is said to have many health benefits:

    • On the digestive level: Mandarin Pepper would soothe nausea, gas, stomach aches, slow digestion, diarrhea... It is even said that this berry is a real detoxification element on its own
    • In local and external use: it is transformed into a balm in order to benefit from its antiseptic properties
    • Mandarin Pepper would also be a very good stimulant for blood circulation
    Apart from the therapeutic aspect, this berry is highly prized by the cosmetics industry, which optimizes its antiseptic benefits and its inimitable fragrance.

    How to use Mandarin Pepper in cooking?

    This Nepalese berry will bring a beautiful aromatic palette to your dishes. On the nose, we clearly recognize the scents of citrus fruits and more particularly their peel. In the mouth, in addition to the sweet and non-spicy aromas, you will discover a pepper with a rather pleasant soft consistency.

    This Mandarin Pepper does not sting, but do not be fooled by appearances, because this lack of spiciness does not rhyme at all with any lack of character and fragrance !!! This is why it is necessary to know how to use this berry with the greatest parsimony, so that its aromatic palette does not mask those dishes that you wanted to highlight in contact with this Mandarin Pepper

    You will always find these very fruity notes, oriented towards citrus fruits, with a complement of freshness and spices as background notes. There are also some notes of orgeat and bitter almond. The attack is rather sweet, warm, and brings you crescendo to a freshness that can be associated with menthol, and enhanced with bitterness specific to citrus peel.

    Tip: I recommend that you use mandarin pepper sparingly. Crush the berries coarsely and add them to your dishes at the very end of cooking.

    Our recipe ideas with Mandarin Pepper

    Beyond its name, the citrus notes of Mandarin Pepper will automatically remind you of associations specific to lemon and other citrus fruits... It goes perfectly with red meat, poultry and game. Its acidity also goes very well with fish and shellfish. I recommend it for cooking excellent fish or shellfish papillotes. While its aromatic palette is as complex as it is surprising, it will allow you to offer your guests quite unique culinary experiences.

    Looking for originality in the kitchen? Read on for more information!

    Starter: Shrimp skewer with mandarin pepper

    A simple to make starter that will amaze your guests with its taste and presentation. Alternate shrimp and pineapple on your skewer sticks. Grill them on the barbecue or over high heat. Add crushed mandarin pepper. Quickly ready and succulent!

    The dish: Braised leg of lamb

    This classic of French gastronomy is revisited here thanks to mandarin pepper. Brown your leg in a casserole dish. Once coloured, put it in the oven. Baste it regularly with a meat juice. At the end of cooking, add pepper with my mandarin pepper. Bake for another 5 minutes. Enjoy with wild rice and a vegetable pan.

    Dessert: Chocolate cake with mandarin pepper

    A daily dessert, which takes on a whole new dimension thanks to mandarin pepper. Add pepper to your cake preparation or boost the tangerine flavour by also adding tangerine pulp. A surprising and comforting dessert!

    How to store Mandarin Pepper berries?

    Mandarin pepper can be stored in a dark and dry place. To preserve all its flavour and olfactory aromas, use an airtight container.

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    Marie-Ange L. published the 05/01/2020 following an order made on 25/11/2019


    Très bien

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    Christiene B. published the 08/12/2019 following an order made on 30/11/2019


    Fantastique découverte ! Très bon rapport qualité / prix.

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    Chantal A. published the 04/12/2019 following an order made on 13/11/2019


    Un parfum exceptionnel, premier essai plus que concluant.

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    Rachele Z. published the 02/12/2019 following an order made on 22/11/2019


    une découverte pour moi, quel parfum!

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    Cecile A. published the 03/11/2019 following an order made on 28/10/2019


    C’est une question de goût pour moi un peu trop doux

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    Irina L. published the 27/10/2019 following an order made on 18/10/2019


    hyper inspirant, nous avons hâte de nous en servir dans un entremet

    Comment from David Vanille the 27/10/2019
    Merci d'avoir pris le temps de mettre un avis sur la qualité de mon épice. Je suis heureux que ma qualité répond à votre exigence et attentes ;-) Passez une excellente journée, Au plaisir, David : Votre chercheur d'épices, le meilleur des plantations

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    Rodolphe A. published the 17/10/2019 following an order made on 08/10/2019


    Un essai... concluant : un joli parfum de mandarine que je vais chercher à bien associer.

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    Claudine B. published the 14/10/2019 following an order made on 08/10/2019


    Un régal de découvrir de nouvelles senteurs et de nouvelles saveurs

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    Sylvie R. published the 11/09/2019 following an order made on 05/09/2019


    Étonnant et délicieux

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