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Tangerine Pepper - Nepal

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

Pairings in the kitchen: Shellfish, meat, game, world cuisine, fruity and chocolate desserts.

Origin - Plantations: Himalayan foothills - Nepal

Packaging : 20g fresh sachet.

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  • What is mandarin 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 from 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 clavalier with acute leaves grows in altitude, between 1,800 and 2,600 meters.

    David Vanille's choice: I chose a mandarin pepper 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 harvest of the mandarin pepper

    The flowering of the tree takes place between October and November. The flowers, arranged in umbels, are deep green with purple notes. They contain fruits, similar to seeds.

    These mandarin pepper berries are 8 mm in diameter and are distinguished by their dark orange colour and crumbly 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 "false pepper", it is simply because it is not part of the "Piper" genre (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 originating from the Nepalese forests located in altitude, and more precisely, in the Himalayas. It is also found in India and Nepal.

    Tangerine 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 is said to soothe nausea, gas, stomach aches, slow digestion, diarrhea ... It is even said that this berry is a real detoxifying 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 cosmetic 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 more particularly 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 Tangerine 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 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 a few 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 remind you 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.

    Do you want originality in cooking? Read the following!

    The starter: Shrimp skewer with mandarin 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.

    Dessert: Chocolate cake with tangerine pepper

    An everyday dessert that takes on a whole new dimension thanks to Mandarin Pepper. Pepper your cake preparation or boost the tangerine flavour by adding tangerine pulp as well. A surprising and comforting dessert!

    How to store the Tangerine Pepper berries?

    Tangerine pepper can be stored away from light and dry. To preserve all its flavour and its olfactory aromas, prefer an airtight container.

  • Find our recipe ideas with "Tangerine Pepper - Nepal"

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    Josephine C. published the 02/10/2020 following an order made on 12/08/2020


    Avec du poisson c'est fabuleux !

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    Pas encore goûté, parfum extraordinaire

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    Parfume tous les plats, vinaigrettes, très bien conforme

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