• Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
  • Tangerine Pepper - Nepal
Tangerine Pepper - Nepal

Tangerine Pepper

Nepal Mandarin Satsuma, Musk, Deep

Tangerine pepper is a rare pepper that will bring strong citrus notes, deep musk with a very discreet spiciness. To be discovered for a very surprising olfactory journey.

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Fish, Red meat, Poultry, Desserts, Chocolates, Syrups.


Freshness packet - DUO 09/2023

Origin - Plantations

Himalayan foothills - Nepal

« Fly to the peaks of the Himalayas and discover the bewitching aroma of tangerine pepper! »
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What is tangerine pepper?

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

This pepper is harvested on the acute-leaved clavalier (Zanhoxylum oxyphyllum). This species is special because it is found either as a shrub or as a tree that can reach more than 5 meters in height.

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

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

The mandarin pepper harvest

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

These mandarin pepper berries are 8 mm in diameter and are distinguished by their dark orange colour and crumpled appearance. Rich in essential oils, they give off a strong lemongrass fragrance.

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

The differences between real pepper and false pepper

If the Mandarin Pepper is called " Fake 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? The "real pepper" grows in a creeper, while "false peppers" grow on trees or bushes.


The origins of Mandarin Pepper

Tangerine pepper is a rare pepper native to the Nepalese forests located in altitude, and more precisely, in the Himalayas. It is also found in India and Nepal.

Mandarin pepper nowadays

A rare pepper, mandarin pepper is extremely aromatic. As its name suggests, it develops citrus fruit aromas

  • blood orange
  • kumquat
  • lemon
  • tangerine

Nowadays, it is also eaten with black pepper. By the way, I invite you to mix it in a pepper shaker 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 the kitchen and in traditional Nepalese medicine.

It is believed to have many health benefits:

  • On the digestive level: Tangerine Pepper would soothe nausea, gas, stomach aches, slow digestion, diarrhea ... It is even said that this berry is a real detoxification element alone
  • For local and external use: it is transformed into a balm to benefit from its antiseptic virtues
  • 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 inimitable fragrance.

How to use Tangerine Pepper in cooking?

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

This Mandarin Pepper does not sting, but do not trust 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 pallet does not come to mask these dishes which you wish to emphasize in contact with this Mandarin Pepper

You will always find these very fruity, citrus-oriented notes, with a complement of freshness and spices in the base notes. There are also some notes of barley 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 the bitterness of citrus zest.

Tip: I recommend using tangerine 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 make you think of associations specific to lemon and other citrus fruits. It goes perfectly with red meats, poultry and game. Its tart side also goes very well with fish and shellfish. I recommend it to you to cook excellent fish or shellfish papillotes. If its aromatic palette is as complex as it is surprising, it will allow you to offer your guests a rather singular culinary experience.

Looking for originality in the kitchen? Then read on!

The starter: Shrimp skewer with tangerine pepper

An easy to make starter that will amaze your guests for its taste and presentation. Alternate shrimp and pineapple on your skewer sticks. Grill them on the barbecue or over high heat. Add crushed tangerine 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 of lamb in a casserole. Once coloured, put it in the oven. Baste it regularly with meat juice. At the end of cooking, pepper it with my tangerine pepper. Put it in the oven for another 5 minutes. Enjoy with wild rice and a pan of vegetables.

The dessert: Chocolate cake and mandarin pepper

An everyday dessert, which takes on a whole new dimension thanks to mandarin pepper. Pepper your cake mix or boost the mandarin flavour by adding mandarin pulp as well. A surprising and comforting dessert!

How to store Mandarin Pepper berries?

Mandarin Pepper canbe stored away from light and in a dry place. To preserve all its flavour and its olfactory aromas, prefer an airtight container.


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Gilles G. published the 07/05/2022 following an order made on 20/04/2022


Je découvre cette épice originale au parfum très subtil . Introuvable en magasin classique!

Franck B. published the 17/02/2022 following an order made on 04/02/2022


Poivre doux à tester dans une crème brulée ou autre

Alexandra J. published the 12/01/2022 following an order made on 20/12/2021


Incroyable !

David B. published the 08/01/2022 following an order made on 16/12/2021



JEAN-LOUP B. published the 11/12/2021 following an order made on 22/11/2021



Nicolas S. published the 07/10/2021 following an order made on 16/09/2021



FABRICE D. published the 15/09/2021 following an order made on 23/07/2021


a recommander

Edita %. published the 15/09/2021 following an order made on 02/07/2021



Raymonde B. published the 08/09/2021 following an order made on 23/08/2021


Je l'ai utilisé dans un foie gras ! Tout le monde a adoré

JEAN-LOUP B. published the 01/09/2021 following an order made on 15/08/2021


Ce poivre mandarine me parait prometteur. Arôme très marqué dont il ne faut, je pense, ne pas abuser sous peine d'avoir l'amertume prendre le pas en arrière-bouche. Le goût et l'odeur de mandarine est bien présent. Je viens de le tester avec des carottes cuites croquantes, un filet de sauce tamarin, quelques gouttes d'huile de sésame et de la citronnelle = un régal.



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