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Wild Pepper from the peaks - Vietnam

Discover an aromatic pepper with floral, woody and fruity notes. With its beautiful clementine notes, it brings a fruity atmosphere to your dishes. A rare pepper, to consume preferably in grain to take full advantage of all its aromas

Cooking association : White fish, butter sauces, foie gras, white meats...

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10g resealable bag - conservation of aromas.

Origin - Plantations : Phu Ta Tong region, Phu Si Long - Vietnam

"Notes of clementines intertwined with woody notes of hawthorn blossom."

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  • What is wild Pepper Pepper Pepper?

    Zanthoxylum rhetsa, also known as Forest Pepper or Mat-Khen, is a rare pepper native to Vietnam. It is found at an altitude of over 2,000 m in a mountainous region near Laos and China.

    The oldest pepper trees can grow to over 20 meters high.

    The wild pepper of the peaks (Mac-Then) is part of the rutaceae family. It is its husk that we consume. It develops aromas of citrus fruits and hawthorn flowers. Rich in flavours, it does not have the spicy taste of its cousins, Szechuan pepper and Timut. On the contrary, it keeps the flavour of products such as fish, white meat and foie gras intact.

    The harvest of Mat-Khen or wild peppercorn from the summits

    The "Forest Pepper of Vietnam" is extremely complicated to harvest, for two reasons :

    A remote and difficult to access region

    This pepper plant is found in the mountainous regions of northwestern Vietnam. It takes several days of travel from Hanoi to cover the 500 km journey and reach the areas where the Rhetsa tree grows. This is why this rare pepper is exclusively harvested by the local ethnic groups.

    A tree with a surprising peculiarity

    Another specificity of the wild pepper tree in the summits: its trunk covered with long thorns. This particularity makes picking complicated, especially since the peppercorns are located at the top of the tree.

    David Vanille's choice: I chose this pepper for its unique citrus and white flower flavours. Its rarity and the quality of its production make it an exceptional product. Another advantage is that it goes well with both world and western recipes.

    Differences between wild peppercorns and Szechuan pepper

    Although they are from the same family, Forest Pepper and Sichuan pepper are very different. Forest Pepper from the peaks is distinguished by its sweetness in the mouth while Sichuan pepper is more pungent with a certain propensity to anaesthetize the tongue and the palate.

    The origins of Pepper from the Peaks

    Forest Pepper is native to Lai Chau, a province in northwestern Vietnam. Its name comes from the mountainous environment where it is found (at over 2000 m altitude), but especially from the place where the berries are found on the Rhetsa tree: the top.

    The first traces of pepper in Vietnam date back to the 18th century. Brought by the Chinese, its culture was developed during the colonial period by the French.

    Did you know? Vietnam is the world's leading producer of pepper. It alone accounts for 50% of the world's exports.

    Vietnamese pepper nowadays

    Today, pepper is one of the most common spices in Vietnamese cuisine. It is also one of the pillars of the agricultural sector in the country's economy.

    Pepper from the peaks is known under different names. Also if you see one of the following names, you should know that we are talking about the wild Vietnamese Pepper Pepper Pepper:

    • French appellations : Pepper from the peaks, wild pepper from the peaks
    • English name: Forest pepper
    • Vietnamese appellations: Mac-Khen, Mat-Khen, Ma Ka Khaen, Ma Kwaen

    Other uses of pepper

    In addition to spicing up your dishes, pepper brings a number of benefits. This is also the case of pepper from the Vietnamese peaks.

    Pepper has virtues:

    • Anti-inflammatories
    • Painkillers
    • Digestives
    • Nutritional: pepper is rich in vitamins B, C, K, iron, magnesium and phosphorus


    How to use Pepper Pepper Pepper in cooking?

    Mac-Khen is a rare variety of pepper that seduces for its citrus notes and floral aromas. It has its place in traditional as well as creative cuisine.

    Tip: Remember to crush your pepper berries with a mortar or a knife blade, you will multiply their aromas tenfold.

    Our recipe ideas with rare peppercorns

    With its specific aromas imbued with the humidity of the remote regions where it is grown, Pepper from the Peaks brings a unique flavour to your dishes. Highlighted on a carpaccio or added to a unique dish, it brings an exceptional touch to your recipes. Here are some culinary ideas to integrate this rare pepper into your menus.

    The starter: Beef carpaccio with peppercorns pepper

    A light cold starter that, without perfect seasoning, might lack taste. Choose a quality virgin olive oil, favour a few turns of coarse to fine salt and finish with a few grains of wild peppercorns from the peaks. Serve with a vinegared arugula and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.

    The dish: Wok of vegetables with honey and pepper Mac-Khen

    There are hundreds of wok recipes, and this Asian method of cooking over high heat preserves the crispness of the vegetables and all their taste qualities. Onions, carrots and oranges are the main ingredients of this vegetarian recipe which, for poultry lovers, goes perfectly with duck. Add a spoonful of honey at the end of cooking and a few grains of Vietnamese Mac-Khen pepper.

    The dessert: Chocolate mousse and Forest Pepper custard

    A great classic that we revisit for our greatest pleasure. The chocolate marries perfectly with pepper, so we don't hesitate to add a few turns of the mill in the preparation. Once your peppered chocolate mousse is made, coat it with custard and add a few red fruits and a kumquat... a real delight!

    How to store pepper?

    The peppercorns are very resistant. To enjoy your wild peppercorns pepper from Vietnam for many years, keep it dry in an airtight jar or an iron box.

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    Joelle F. published the 22/05/2020 following an order made on 08/05/2020


    Excellent sur les poissons et sur les fruits cuits mangues et pommes dans les recettes sucrées salées. Sur le foie gras fait ressortir le goût .

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    Jerome B. published the 22/05/2020 following an order made on 10/05/2020


    Un autre monde

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    Laurent S. published the 18/05/2020 following an order made on 05/05/2020



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    My-Nhung Thi K. published the 07/05/2020 following an order made on 24/04/2020


    pas encore tester, mais très bien sous vide fermé.

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    Antonio M. published the 04/05/2020 following an order made on 23/04/2020


    Tudo bom! Nota máxima!

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    Antoine C. published the 20/04/2020 following an order made on 08/04/2020


    Très bon produit

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    Hassan A. published the 19/04/2020 following an order made on 06/04/2020


    Conforme à mes attente

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    Loïc M. published the 30/03/2020 following an order made on 20/03/2020


    Excellent parfum de zest de mendarine, un peu tourbé, avec une arrière note de coeur de fennouil, magnifique dans du rhum

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    Christophe B. published the 28/01/2020 following an order made on 10/01/2020



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    Augustin D. published the 19/12/2019 following an order made on 12/12/2019


    Produit bien emballé et conforme à la description. Pas de perte au déballage du produit.

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