Zanzibar Black Peppercorn Grinder by Burlap & Barrel
Burlap & Barrel Zanzibar Black Peppercorns | 1.7oz grinder-top jar
- Single-origin: Grown by a cooperative of smallholder artisan farmers on the Zanzibar islands, the unique landscape makes for especially vibrant
- Later harvest: Most peppercorns are harvested while still green, but these are allowed to ripen longer on the vine, allowing the peppers to turn more orange, which means more intense flavors
- EU certified organic: grown traditionally without the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides
- Non-refined: Almost all spices on the market have been treated with chemical preservatives or fumigants or have been irradiated (radiation) to increase shelf life, but is bad for our health and greatly reduces the nutrient value of these spices
- Whole peppercorns: It is optimal to store and keep the peppercorns whole and grind them fresh as needed, because ground peppercorn loses its flavor and aroma very rapidly
Tasting notes: Cacao, Lemon, Tropical Heat
Ingredients: 100% whole black peppercorns (Piper nigrum)
Origin: Asheville, North Carolina
Suggested use: grind fresh over everything and anything
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.”
Alison Stewart, Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, says "It’s like when you stop drinking bad coffee and drink really good coffee for the first time, it’s like, 'Oh my God, there’s such a difference.' When I started using their black pepper, I was like, 'This is a whole other level of taste.'"
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."
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 Verum, Pemba Cloves and Stone Nutmeg) for generations. Black peppercorns grow 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.