Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns - Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Spices
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns
Zanzibar Black Peppercorns

Zanzibar Black Peppercorns

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*Now in a glass jar with a refillable grinder*

Winner of the Gold medal for quality by Monde Selection

Black pepper grows in bunches like grapes, on a climbing vine. Most black peppercorns are harvested while still green, and the drying process gives them their distinctive dark skin. Ours are allowed to ripen longer on the vine before being hand-picked and sun-dried, resulting in a rich chocolate-colored pepper berry with dense wrinkles and a bright, fruity spiciness.

Burlap & Barrel is the exclusive importer of Zanzibar black pepper into the United States. Our pepper, like all of our spices from Zanzibar, are grown organically.

Bloomberg writes that this pepper's flavor “punches through with fruitiness and heat—and totally redefines a spice you thought you knew.”

Brooks Headley, Chef @ Superiority Burger calls it "Our favorite black pepper."

Rick Easton, Chef @ Of Bread and Salt says "If the pepper wasn’t amazing, I wouldn’t buy it."

  • Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Process: Sun-dried
  • Ingredients: 100% whole black peppercorns (Piper nigrum)
  • Tasting notes: Cacao  • Lemon • Tropical Heat



We source our Zanzibar black pepper from a cooperative of smallholder artisan farmers on the Zanzibar islands off of the eastern coast of Tanzania, many of whose families have been growing pepper and other spices (including our cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) for generations. Black pepper grows in bunches, like grapes, on a climbing vine and are mostly harvested while still green. Ours are allowed to ripen a little longer, where the pepper turns more orange, before it is hand-picked and sun-dried into a rich chocolate-colored peppercorn berry. It is optimal to store and keep the peppercorns whole as ground peppercorn loses its flavor and aroma very rapidly.

Like all of the spices from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, our black pepper is grown on an EU-certified organic farm.

Meet the Farmer: Bwana Bakari (pictured with his child) is the chair of the farmers' cooperative, where we source our peppercorns in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Each year, he leads the cooperative in harvesting these spicy, citrusy peppercorns by hand. Then Yumna (last picture) and her team hand sort and check for quality.

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Molly B.
United States United States
Fragrant and Delicious

These are special!

Francis M.
United States United States
Great Pepper

A marvelous pepper with real taste. Love it. Worth the price.

United States United States

I 1st noticed aroma and then excellent taste, be careful of using too much for it is tasty. Bottled in a excellent grinder with easy removable top to grind & store

Bettye K.
United States United States
Great pepper!

I had never heard of Burlap & Barrel before reading a blog about the spices available through the company. I'm so glad I purchased multiples of the Zanzibar Black Peppercorns! I gifted one t my daughter along with the wonderful Royal Cinnamon. Both spices are fresh and wonderful on so many foods. I highly recommend Burlap & Barrel spices!

Shinesa C.
United States United States
Super Fresh

Awesome purchase. The aroma, freshness and taste are next level!