Long pepper (Piper Longum) is also known as Java pepper because it originates from the island of Java in Indonesia.
The distinguishing feature of this pepper is its pine-cone shape—long and brown—with a slightly sweet and spicy scent (cinnamon, liquorice and anise). Although not a Piper Nigrum like its cousins, the black and white peppers, it belongs to the same botanical family (Piperaceae) and therefore does not belong to the category of ‘false’ peppers.
Long pepper grows in the wild in the Himalayas. It was one of the first peppers to be imported into Europe.
Like all plants in the Piperaceae family, long pepper grows on a vine. It is harvested before it is ripe and dried in the sun.
This spice has a very strong flavour, with warm notes of cinnamon and liquorice, and will add flavour to your dishes. It’s not very spicy.
It can be crushed or ground. It can also be infused because, unlike other peppers, it withstands heat.
Journey to Indonesia with the twist of a pepper mill over your plate. Long pepper goes perfectly with foie gras, lamb and potatoes. But don’t forget to try it in your desserts as well - you’ll be surprised!