The timiz pepper in the FINEST FOOD AGE PEPPER COLLECTION comes from the highlands of south-western Ethiopia. This wild pepper of the Piper capense species is a climbing plant that grows on the huge trees of the rainforest at altitudes over 2,000 metres. The fruit clusters, which look like long, small catkins, are picked by hand. The pepper harvest is a centuries-old tradition for the local community. Because it is difficult to dry the pepper catkins naturally in the moist rainforest climate, the harvested produce is dried over an open fire. It is this that gives timiz pepper its characteristic smoky flavour. Finally, the dried pepper is carefully sorted by hand.
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The timiz pepper in the FINEST FOOD AGE PEPPER COLLECTION is a long pepper; it is clear even from its appearance that it has nothing to do with the ordinary peppercorns found in the shops. The long dark brown “catkins” are the dried infructescences of Piper capense.
The timiz pepper in the FINEST FOOD AGE PEPPER COLLECTION has a dense, complex flavour that combines notes of tobacco, resin and roasted herbs with a warm, almost sweet sharpness.
Timiz pepper is a traditional component of the popular Ethiopian and Eritrean spice mixture berbere, a pungent blend of Arabic and Indian flavours.
This pepper should be kept for dishes that will not be overpowered by its vigour – dishes that have an affinity with the timiz bouquet and can meld their own powers with its strength in order to display their distinctive charm.
The timiz pepper in the FINEST FOOD AGE PEPPER COLLECTION is best used freshly ground. It goes well with braised meat or game dishes, and with pickled vegetables. Try timiz pepper on goats cheese to explore its richness of taste, or let it reveal its seductive side by using it as a powerful accompaniment to bitter chocolate desserts.
To ensure protection from harmful environmental influences, the timiz pepper in the FINEST FOOD AGE PEPPER COLLECTION is supplied in high-quality violet glass jars. Keeping this special jar tightly closed will ensure that the timiz pepper always has the dry and dark Storage conditions that it needs.