David Vanille's opinion: A rare pepper that will bring you strong notes of citrus fruits, deep musk, with a very subtle spiciness. To discover for a very surprising olfactory journey.
Food pairing: Crustaceans, meat, game, world cuisine, fruity and chocolate desserts.
Packaging: 10 gr
Other names: Himalayan pepper, Pahada Kali Mirka
Origin - Plantations: Himalayan foothills - Nepal
Dosage: 1 to 2 berries per plate
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Mandarin Pepper is a berry harvested in Nepal. Not being part of the large family of Piper Nigrum, but rather of the Lauraceae family, Mandarin Pepper is rather close to Fagara such as Sichuan Pepper or Timur Bay. It is therefore what is called a "fake pepper".
The tree from which Mandarin Pepper berries are harvested from March to June is the keyhole with sharpleaves. It can be a deciduous shrub or a tree up to 8 metres high with long thorny stems and petiole and oval leaves. The latter strongly appreciates the altitude climate, which is why it is found in forests located between 1,800 and 2,600 metres above sea level.
When it blooms, between October and November, it has magnificent yellow flowers arranged in umbels. Each flower contains 4 round fruits in the shape of seeds. These berries, with a diameter of about 8 mm, are of a rather dark orange-red colour and have a wrinkled appearance. At this stage of maturity, the berries are rich in essential oils and already have a strong citronella aroma.
After harvest, the Mandarin Pepper berry will undergo several weeks of sun drying in order to develop its entire aromatic palette.
This Mandarin Pepper berry will surprise you with the aromatic palette it can bring to your dishes.
From an olfactory point of view, the first contact you will have with this berry will easily remind you of citrus fruits, against a very fresh background. We can also feel some smoky notes which, if we take the time to analyze them, will be closer to citrus peel. It's up to you to choose the waterfall zested with blood orange, kumquat, lemon, and, of course, mandarin! This bodes well for a dish full of pep!
On the palate, you will first be pleasantly surprised by the slightly soft consistency of the berry.
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 perfume! 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 enhanced with bitterness specific to citrus peel.
Beyond its name, the citrus notes of Mandarin Pepper will automatically remind you of a unique combination of lemon and other citrus fruits, such as fish, seafood,..
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? Read on for more information!
Savoury recipes :
Mandarin Pepper will prove to be a wonderful condiment for meat dishes. From white meats to others with a much more pronounced taste, Mandarin Pepper will go well with all your meat dishes. Thus, mould it at the last moment and it will sublimate a rack of lamb as well as a roasted poultry, or a piece of game.
Of course, the salty dishes in which its flavours will create a real explosion in the mouth will be fish, seafood and other shellfish! Place one or two berries of Mandarin Pepper in your fish papillote at the end of cooking, crush it over a roasted fish, on your shrimp skewers, or even your shells, and you can only succumb to this flight of citrus fruits!
It will also be a precious ally in the preparation of different sauces, whether it is the mayonnaise that will accompany your seafood platter or any white sauce that will accompany your white meat or white fish.
The flavours of your vegetables (raw, steamed or stir-fried) will also be enhanced by the presence of Mandarin Pepper beside them. He will also be able to spell out a rice dish, or a soup (this is one of the common uses of this pepper in Nepal).
In oriental cuisine, Mandarin Pepper will add a lemony touch to couscous, tagines, falafels and other stews.
Sweet recipes :
As well as for your salty dishes, Mandarin Pepper will bring its citrus notes to complement or replace lemon in all the desserts you concoct.
In addition, it will also reveal its woody and spicy notes to accompany the chocolate that delights the greatest gourmands!
You can therefore just as easily crush a few Mandarin Pepper berries over your fruit-based desserts (fruit salads, fried fruits, baked or poached fruits, pies, compotes,...). The most surprising and successful fruity combination is probably strawberry (in all its forms) and Mandarin Pepper! Sprinkle a little ground Mandarin Pepper on your strawberry pie and you will discover new flavours!
Mandarin Pepper will also conquer many taste buds by being incorporated into the apparatus of your cakes, cakes and biscuits. In your madeleines, it will bring that touch of citrus fruit that you are looking for by usually adding lemon or orange zest. A delight!
You probably know the explosion in the mouth formed by citrus notes and chocolate!...No? So the time has come to experience this gustatory adventure!
Add a few crushed Mandarin Pepper berries to your chocolate desserts (mousse, cream, mellow, fondant, homemade chocolates,...), and your taste buds may ask for more! Why not try sprinkling it in chocolate during a Chocolate Fondue, in which you will dip different fruits or marshmallows?
Whether in salty or sweet, Mandarin Pepper enjoys the company of many other spices. You can combine it with star anise, cinnamon, cumin, tonka beans, or ginger
As its use is still quite confidential, I suggest that you use Mandarin Pepper to complement or replace citrus fruits in the recipes of top chefs.
As an aperitif accompaniment, you could prepare Tuna Rillettes with Herbs, according to Alain Ducasse, and replace the lemon with Mandarin Pepper.
Then why not offer Citrus Lacquered Veal Breast with Aligot, in the style of Julie Andrieu, always replacing these citrus fruits with this wonderful berry.
Finally, to satisfy and surprise the taste buds of gourmands, Pierre Marcolini offers a Yuzu and Praline Thousand Leaf with sesame seeds, which you could revisit by crushing a few berries of Mandarin Pepper on it
You will have understood it, Mandarin Pepper has enough to surprise you, to make you travel, so do not hesitate to discover it!
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 levelMandarin 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.
Jessica B. published the 19/08/2019 following an order made on 12/08/2019
Très original, une saveur inédite pour ma part.
Madeleine V. published the 09/08/2019 following an order made on 01/08/2019
Jules D. published the 06/08/2019 following an order made on 30/07/2019
a gouter mais quel parfum
Josephine C. published the 01/08/2019 following an order made on 25/07/2019
Un goût peu commun