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With its exotic aromas and notes of tea, passion pepper brings a fresh and sweet note to your dishes. Ideal for simmered dishes and contemporary cuisine.
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Fish in sauce or grilled, white meat, red meat, game, pan-fried vegetables.
Freshness packet - DUO 07/2023
Ethiopia - Central Plateau 1800-3000m
Passion fruit pepper is the fruit of the tropical plant Ruta Chalepensis. This plant is found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, but also in Latin America, the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia. It appreciates well-drained calcareous or sandy soils and is recognizable by its yellow flowers and bushy foliage.
The consumption of this pepper is relatively recent. It has an exotic taste close to that of the passion fruit. It is close to the Sichuan pepper and its lemony aromas. To the nose, it develops odors of hay.
Ruta Chalepensis is a spice commonly used in Ethiopia. All parts are consumed: leaves, branches, roots, fruits and flowers. It is the fruits that I chose to make you discover.
The Ruta chalepensis is known under different names:
The Ruta Chalepensis grows between 1,500 and 3,000 meters above sea level. This bush can reach 1.5 m in height. Its flowering takes place from May to July. Once the flowers are faded, the peppercorns are harvested by hand, their sweet taste is pronounced and a little bit pungent.
Both the leaves and the peppercorns are consumed, but in different ways: Leaves: they are used to flavour certain cheeses. They can also be dried and crushed and consumed for its vermifuge virtues. Peppercorns: they are used in cooking at the end of the cooking process
The first traces of this plant go back a little before the year 0. It is mentioned in the bible as being the bush in which Jesus Christ hid to avoid being arrested by the Roman soldiers.
The passion pepper originates from Syria and more particularly from Aleppo. During the Antiquity, the Ruta chalepensis entered the composition of an anti-venom against the bites of snake.
It is in the XXth century that the plant will be introduced in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as in Asia.
Passion pepper is used as a condiment. It is also brewed to obtain herbal teas. In Argentina, drinking passion pepper tea on August 1st is said to bring good luck.
Don't mess with passion pepper! While it can be great for your health, it can also be dangerous in very high doses. That's why I ask you not to use it as a "home remedy" without talking to your doctor.
It has a reputation for getting rid of diarrhea, flu, colds and other common ailments (head, stomach, etc). Europeans use it partially in treatments for typhoid, scarlet fever, jaundice and toothache.
More importantly, at a certain dosage, the fruits of Ruta Chalepensis can have a catastrophic effect and cause hemorrhaging, abortions, miscarriages, vomiting and other gastroenteritis.
However, the lethal dose is more than high as with the tonka bean and nutmeg.
So just use it in your kitchen like any other pepper without experimenting medically!
With its exotic aromas of passion fruit and red fruit, passion pepper brings a sweet, slightly acidic and spicy touch to your dishes.
It is advised to use it at the end of cooking and sparingly, because its flavor is intense.
Ruta chalepensis is also used in the composition of some spice mixes such as mitmita or berber mix. It is one of the main ingredients in Ethiopian stews or in Metin Shiro, a spicy Ethiopian flour made with split peas and beans.
Idea: Try making exotic-inspired jams with this pepper and some timut pepper from Nepal. A few berries are enough to flavour your dishes.
Would you like to discover this pepper with its exotic taste? Here is a complete menu where passion pepper develops the best of its aromas.
A cold and light starter where the passion pepper brings a little relief to the scallops. Rinse your scallops and drain them. Slice them thinly with a sharp knife. Arrange them on your plate. Add a drizzle of lemon and a few peppercorns of passion fruit. Add salt. Serve chilled with a dry white wine.
A salty/sweet dish for a change from the everyday. Cook your salmon steaks in a little oil. Remove them from the pan. Cut a few pieces of mango and grill them. Keep a few intact and stew the rest, adding a few peppercorns of passion fruit. Serve the fish with the compote and grilled fruit. White rice is a perfect accompaniment.
The perfect combination of chocolate cake and custard is enhanced by the exotic flavors of passion pepper. You can either grind it into the cream or garnish the plate with a few peppercorns. A full-bodied red wine will enhance this dessert.
Our passion peppercorns should be kept dry and protected from light. It is best to choose an airtight container.
Based on 107 customer reviews
published the 15/02/2022
following an order made on 03/02/2022
Très parfumé sent bien le fruit de la passion
published the 26/01/2022
following an order made on 03/01/2022
This pepper has a quite fruity smell and I use it with tomatoes and fava beans.
published the 17/01/2022
following an order made on 30/12/2021
published the 08/01/2022
following an order made on 16/12/2021
published the 26/12/2021
following an order made on 11/12/2021
Produit de qualité, prix correct. Emballage soigné.
published the 30/10/2021
following an order made on 14/10/2021
Pas facile à mettre dans un plat mais apporte une note spéciale sur les entrées avec des légumes.
published the 18/10/2021
following an order made on 06/10/2021
Produit de qualité mais pas encore essayé
published the 07/10/2021
following an order made on 16/09/2021
published the 21/09/2021
following an order made on 29/08/2021
published the 15/09/2021
following an order made on 24/06/2021
Très belle découverte, il va inspirer de nouvelles recettes