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Piper retrofractum

Bali pepper

Guplikan Piperaceae
 

 

Piper retrofractum, Bali pepper, Guplikan

The tiny berries, which merge to a single, rod-like structure which bears some resemblance to catkins (flowers of trees like hazelnut or willow).
The content of piperine (about 6%) is slightly higher than in black pepper.
The name in Bali is Guplikan
alinese Long Pepper or Piper retrofractum was once hailed by Romans as the ultimate peppery spice. Sadly these wild long peppers soon disappeared into culinary obscurity with the agricultural domestication of their cousin, the modern black peppercorn. To this day, Long Peppers refuse to play party to conventional agricultural ideals of planting and harvest…preferring to sprout where they will and trail lazily into the towering canopies of jungle trees. For Big Tree Farms, Balinese Long Peppers are the single most successful product to come from our Secondary Forest Products program. The program started in the highlands of Bali in jungle surrounding our organic farms. We learned about the wonderful The flavor of Balinese Long Pepper is deep and complex; simultaneously releasing an earthy pungency, a sweet hint of cardamom and nutmeg and the spicy heat of chili. The long peppers look like tiny cattails and once ground, roasted or simply snapped in two, they release an incredible floral bouquet.

  

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