*Now in a glass jar with a refillable grinder*
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.
- Origin: Bangka Island, Indonesia
- Aliases: Muntok white peppercorns
- Process: Fermented in a stream, then washed and sun-dried
- Ingredients: 100% 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
- 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.
Great! I gave every family member your spices for Christmas and shared your vision. Everyone is inspired and anxious to spread the word. We need to support our world community.
Like the grinder and the pepper was more flavorful than others I have tasted!
Gives warmth and depth to soups and other dishes where I'd find regular cracked black pepper too sharp. I used this and sea salt on duck ******* and it was perfection.
I’d never used white pepper and wanted to try it as a change from black specks in things. I didn’t realize how different it smells and tastes. Not sure I’m a fan, but the quality of the product is excellent, and it was shipped quickly in a nicely packed box. No damage at all. I also like the grinder jar. It works smoothly and isn’t like the cheap plastic ones from the supermarket, that crack or break after 2 or 3 uses. So even if I never become a white pepper convert, I’m happy with this purchase.
I love this pepper! I literally put it on anything I can. My favorite use so far is on my breakfast shredded wheat large biscuits. Place them in a bowl, pour a small amount of boiling water over them(2), and quickly drain and squish out H2O. Put butter, Himalayan salt, & white pepper on them. They’re just nummy!