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Cambodia’s ‘perfect pepper’ conquering taste buds

A nearby sea, flanking mountains, a quartz-rich soil: It’s the perfect spot on earth, devotees say, to yield a product they describe in that rapturous vocabulary usually reserved for fine wines: “aristocratic, virile, almost aphrodisiacal,” with subtle notes of caramel, gingerbread and mild tobacco. (Read full article…)

 

Cambodia’s Comeback Spice

There’s pepper and then there’s Cambodia’s Kampot pepper. You might think that the stuff that comes out of shakers and grinders is pretty much the same wherever you go, but to increasing numbers of chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, ordinary pepper bears as much resemblance to Kampot pepper as vin de table does to fine Bordeaux. (Read full article…)

 

Kampot Peppers Grow Incomes — For a Few

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Rising demand for Kampot Peppers is pushing a cultivation increase, but only a limited number of companies are benefiting. … “Farmers cannot greatly expand their cultivation area, because they don’t have money and a lot of land,” said Mr. Lay. “But there are more companies starting to plant pepper on a lot of land.” (Read full article…)

 

Cambodia’s Kampot pepper wins coveted EU protection

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodia’s Kampot pepper, a go-to spice for chefs around the world, has joined an elite group of gourmet food items whose names are protected by the European Union, joining products such as Gruyere cheese from France and Parma ham from Italy. (Read full article…)

 

Cambodian Peppers Are Now Considered an Elite and Protected Food in Europe

Kampot pepper is a chef favorite, a rare pepper that has been grown in Cambodia since the 13th century. According to the AP, last year just 60 tons of Kampot pepper were produced, and 70 percent of that was exported—primarily to the EU, the United States, and Japan. Those in the know credit the Kampot region’s mineral-rich soil for itsfloral and sweet flavor. (Read full article…)

 

How the World’s Best Pepper is Grown in Kampot, Cambodia

…The region, along the country’s southern coast, is famed for the spice, which was the first Cambodian product to receive a Protected Geographical Indication (the same certification that protects regional products like Champagne). The mineral-rich soil and rainy weather in the high-elevation areas near Kampot and Kep are perfect for pepper production, and I was here to see it firsthand.  (Read full article…)

 

The taste of Kampot life

… Surrounded by pepper poles on a half-hectare farm, my guide takes up the story. “My father told me people didn’t want to come here. They were afraid of mines and Khmer Rouge soldiers,” says Mr Meas Rim. The area was a Pol Pot stronghold into the 1990s. Replanted in 2000, the early pepper crops fetched only US$1 a kg (Read full article…)

 

Cambodia’s Fiery Kampot Pepper wins EU protection

Famed for its intense floral tones, Cambodia’s Kampot pepper has won protection from the European Union, joining an exclusive club of gourmet favourites including champagne, Cornish pasties, Gorgonzola cheese and Darjeeling tea. (Read full article…)