Tasmanian Pepperberry, like many herbs, benefits from Tasmania’s unique climate which seems to stimulate many herb species to produce high levels of active constituents.
Tasmanian Pepperberry or Mountain Pepper, looks exactly like traditional peppercorns but is considered 10 times hotter than ordinary pepper, and packs a characteristically delayed but intense spicier and hotter punch!
Pepperberry has additionally more of a herbal dimension, serving Indigenous Australians over generations, not only as a flavouring agent for food, but also as a traditional medicine.
Due to its high antioxidants, four times more powerful than the renowned blueberry, Cracked Pepperberry has been documented as a treatment for a variety of illnesses including stomach ache and colic, displaying health benefits that are just as formidable today as they have been over the centuries.
For culinary purposes, use just like you would ordinary pepper but treat yourself to a second pepper grinder and use it for your pepperberry only!
It has a unique flavour and is a really versatile spice well suited to both savoury & sweet dishes, however it is best added at the end of cooking to experience the best aroma and full flavour.
It is also a natural colouring agent, and for a really vibrant purple or deep red colour, try adding a few drops of lemon juice onto crushed or ground pepperberries.