The pepper you find in every .pepper..field package is pepper that has been grown in the Kampot region of Cambodia for hundreds of years ago as documented in transcripts from the 13th century, by the Chinese explorer Tchéou Ta Kouan. However, Kampot pepper experienced its truly golden era between the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was one of the most sought-after spices, as it was very popular with French chefs among others.
We at .pepper..field continue this ancient tradition and are helping to reveal the secret of black gold from Kampot to the whole of Europe, which was almost lost in the second half of the last century. There are several specific traits associated with growing pepper in Kampot that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
The first is the local climate, which is affected by the proximity of the ocean, which affects the frequency of precipitation and temperature in the area. At the same time, thanks to its sloping terrain, the local soil is well drained, which pepper vines require.
The ditches dug around the plantations are used for drainage, which is specific to the Kampot region, as well as the cultivation of vines on the pillars. The second specificity is the regular supply of new soil and also organic fertilizers, thanks to which the vines, and therefore the pepper grains themselves, are constantly nourished and acquire their intense and delicious flavors.
To always be sure that you get a pepper that really comes from the Kampot region and is really grown by methods that have been inherited from generation to generation in the area for hundreds of years, look for clear pepper certification markings and geographical indication on the packaging. These are clearly legible plaques on the packaging, thanks to which you know that the contents inside the package are really the real black gold from Kampot.