What is Voatsiperifery pepper or Madagascar pepper?
Voatsiperifery Pepper is a native rainforest pepper from Madagascar. Initially, it is only called tsiperifery, and its botanical name is Piper borbonese.
It is still a relatively unknown pepper variety. It is only for five years now that it is available in some specialty spice stores - even in our Online Shop. If you like to surprise your loved ones with a new taste, this delicious pepper is particularly suitable. It is ideal for meat lovers as well as for vegetarians. The Voatsiperifery peppercorns have a unique woody-spicy flavor with a refreshing note of lemon.
What do you use this pepper for?
For vegetarians, it's worth trying the Voatsiperifery pepper on grilled vegetables. It flavors strawberries and other exotic fruits with its distinctive flavor.
They traditionally use it in Madagascar for grilled meats. The Madagascan pepper is an absolute must in the coming barbecue season. It goes well with grilled chicken but also grilled fish. I have already tried it on Halimi and found that the bush pepper delicately refined this grilled cheese.
A French star chef refines his chocolate desserts with the Voatsiperifery. I tried it myself as well, and it was perfect in the couverture for my Florentine biscuits. It has added a delightfully fresh taste on my tongue.
You can also put this pepper in a mill and use it for any meal. Even mix it with other pepper varieties. Try out new flavors and start experimenting while cooking. Its fun, believe me, start creating your unique mix on your own. You can do it.
Where does the Voatisperifery pepper come from? Which plant is it from?
Voatsiperifery (Piper Borbonense) is the fruit of a tropical vine plant of the genus pepper called "Tsiperifery." It grows in the tropical jungle of the southeast of Madagascar. The pepper plant prefers a tropical climate. That means it needs a lot of water, but it should not stand with its roots in the water; otherwise, they rot. The high humidity in the jungle provides the Voatsiperifery pepper with the water it needs to thrive. The Voatsiperifery pepper plant can grow up to 20 meters high, which makes the harvest quite tricky.
For this reason, they regularly trim the vine plant to 2.5 meters. In the past, they felled the trees to get the Voatsiperifery pepper. That was doubly bad; not only was the jungle cut down, but they also destroyed the pepper plants.
Voatsiperifery peppercorns are the small red ripe fruits that grow in panicles of the tsiperifery tree. They have an oval shape and a short stem. They are similar to the cubeb pepper but are much smaller. After the harvest of the still fresh red Voatsiperifery pepper, it is dried. It turns brown-black like its kindred black pepper.