Our Fermented White Pepper comes from a family farm on the island of Bangka, Sumatra, Indonesia. It's grown by a farmer named Pak Sugiri and his son, Ilham. It is picked fresh and then fermented according to traditional methods, using the fruit of the fresh peppercorn.
Highly prized in Indonesia but rarely found in the US, Fermented White Peppercorns add a deep umami flavor and funk to everything they touch. Grind over steak to mimic the flavor of dry aging, over veggies for heat and depth, or in traditional Cantonese and southeast Asia dishes that call for white pepper.
"When I opened a bottle of his fermented white peppercorns, the aroma came out like a wallop." Mari Uyehar, TASTE Magazine
- Origin: Bangka Island, Indonesia
- Aliases: Muntok white peppercorns
- Process: Fermented in a stream, then washed and sun-dried
- Ingredients: Fermented white peppercorns (Piper nigrum)
- Tasting notes: Goat Cheese • Celery • Funky Fermentation
- Substitute for black peppercorns where you want a funky kick
- Grind over seafood dishes - especially good in crab cakes
- Add to blended vegetable soups, like potato or cauliflower soups
Ilham's Yellow Lempah Fish
- Pairs well with: New Harvest Turmeric, Wild Icelandic Kelp, Wild Mountain Cumin
Bangka Island in Indonesia is famous for the particular fermentation process that farmers use to process their peppercorns, picking fresh pepper and soaking it in open-air fermentation pools for two weeks, using the natural sugar in the peppercorn fruit to create a white pepper that's savory, cheesy and unlike any other we've tasted.
Since we're huge fans of anything funky and fermented, and of spices with very specific methods of processing, we had to go to Bangka to find a farmer to work with. Ethan had planned a trip in the summer of 2017, around the time of the pepper harvest. While he was preparing for the trip, two days before he was scheduled to arrive in Bangka, he got an email, totally out of the blue:
"Dear Ethan Frisch,
I introduce myself my name is Sugiri, I am from Bangka Island have white pepper garden as shown attached.
I see email on your web ( www.burlapandbarrell) that you sell many kind of spices.
I would like to offer the corporation to sell pepper to your company, we can start with little volume first then if it is success, we can cooperate for long time.
Let me know if you are looking for organic or conventional pepper.
Finally, this is the offer from me and I will wait good news from you. Thank you very much, have a great day.
Ethan responded that he'd be right over.
It turned out that Sugiri had grown up on the farm but left to pursue a 20-year career in IT in Bandung, one of Indonesia's bigger cities. As his parents got older, he and his son Ilham decided to move back home to take over the farm.
Ethan visited a dozen farms around the island but was struck both by the quality of Sugiri and Ilham's peppercorns and their entrepreneurialism and hustle. Unfortunately, they weren't quite ready to export at the time, but we're very excited to announce that two years later, we've brought in the first small shipment of their fermented white peppercorns.
I have been looking for the perfect white pepper forever so, I decided to give this fermented one a try and it is truly delicious. I'm actually kind of addicted to it. In fact, next time, I'm ordering the 16 oz. It's that good!
Everything went smoothly for order and delivery, customer service needs were both fast and friendly plus delicious additions to my pantry! Fermented White Pepper? Who knew? It’s amazing. Hyssop Flowering Thyme is a hearty gal or profile addition to my sourdough boules and more, Turkish Oregano Buds on pretty much anything take it to the next level. Good stuff! I will be ordering more for myself and as gifts this holiday season. Good work fellas!
This very quickly became a favorite of mine. The flavor is mild but adds just enough that you can taste that little bit of something different. So glad I chose this as one of my first purchases here and I can guarantee this is a spice that will become a must have all the time for me.
I have been meaning to get some white pepper that many Asian recipes call for and I am happy to have found this pepper which has been a delicious add to my cooking. Fresh spices are hard to come by.
This is my new go to for pepper. I use it in at least 2 meals per day. I love how mild it is. Fabulous flavor profile. Customer service is fabulous also.