MOUNTAIN PEPPER BERRIES (Tasmannia lanceolata) WHOLE AIR-DRIED
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These are the berries of the Australian native Mountain Pepper shrub. The berries are the alternative to pepper. The flavours are spicy, complex and lingering. The dried berries are suitable for pepper-mills.
Mountain Pepper plants feature heavily in indigenous traditional uses, both in cooking and medicinally. Mountain Pepperleaf and its berries are now being cultivated in plantations across the cooler parts of Australia.
Although Native Pepperberry can be used in the same way as conventional pepper, it has an added herbal dimension, particularly towards the end of the palate. The dark Pepperberries also infuse a rich plum color to sauces.
Pepperberries are more versatile than conventional peppercorn, able to be used in sweet and savoury dishes. The leaves, stems and berries have an aromatic peppery taste producing approx. 3 times the anti-oxidants of blueberries.
The berries when eaten fresh at first seem sweet and then the hot peppery taste kicks in.