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Although it is on the pricier side, purchasing a jar of long pepper is a lasting investment, as a little goes a long way!
While not as famous as the spice that has a place on every dinner table and kitchen counter, long pepper has a taste that’s similar to, but more fragrant than, its close relative: the black peppercorn. Aptly named after its peculiar appearance – groups of tiny berries clumped together that resemble long, narrow pine cones – the long pepper grows on a low shrubby vine and is sold dried. With its roots tracing back to ancient Roman times – where it was widely used until the commercialisation of black pepper – it is still a much-loved spice in cuisines the world over, like in Morocco, where it is used in the spice mix ras el hanout; or India, where it’s added to lentil stews. Available in different variants – including Cape, Ethiopian and Indian long pepper – it is the Java long pepper, from Indonesia, that is more readily available.
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