With a sweet musk-like aroma and flavour with a hit of peppery heat, Long Pepper is popularly used to flavour Asian clear soups and meat dishes. Its mellow pepper flavour is flecked with sweet notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Long Pepper is believed to be an aphrodisiac when consumed as well as useful in treating depression and anxiety. Like many other peppers, it can also be used to speed up one's metabolism and aid in digestion.
Long Pepper, or Piper Longum, derives from a flowering vine from the family Piperaceae. It is an unusually long-shaped pepper berry and a relatively rare spice that grows in Bali Indonesia and India. This long pepper berry is made up of small peppery fruits the size of poppyseeds, each around a central spike. Like black pepper, the long pepper is picked at peak ripeness and dried to be used as a spice. Its taste is similar to black pepper, however, has a much hotter and sweeter flavour. It is predominantly used in Indian and Malaysian cuisine, but can also be found in North African and Nepalese food. Before chilli was introduced to European cuisine, the long pepper was among the spiciest of the spices available.
How to use:
- Use in South Indian cuisine to add a sweet pepper flavour to pickles and relishes
- Team with fish sauce, palm sugar, and vinegar for a punchy Asian-inspired meat marinade
- Its complex flavour pairs well with unusual veggies like asparagus, artichokes, and mushrooms
- Pair with sweet flavours like mangoes and papaya for a spicy, sweet dessert
- Grind gently in a mortar and pestle to break it up and blend through dishes seamlessly
- Use as a finishing seasoning in place of regular black pepper
- 100% dried Whole Long Pepper
- Packed in Australia from 100% imported products
Other names or spelling:
Piper Longum, Indian Long Pepper, Pipli, Javanese Long Pepper, Piper retro fractum