- Pack of three, 1.8-ounce grinders (total of 5.4 ounce)
- Sustainably sourced; vegan; organic heirloom long pepper
- Product of USA
Long pepper may be the original caravan spice
The flavor is far milder than black pepper. To get the same level of heat I had to use more than 5 times as much. No problem once I learned that but I didn’t expect it.
There’s far more to the flavor than the simple hot that I know from black pepper. This stuff really is a spice in the sense of added a complex and rich flavor to food. It’s a pepper in the sense of adding hot, but think of the intense heat of horseradish and the mild heat of most mustard preparations. In horseradish there are other flavors but the predominant feature is its type of heat. In mustard there is some of the same type of heat (look out for Indian mustard oil or a mustard mixed from powder just before use) but most preparations have a lot more to their flavor than that. Prepared mustard gets used as a condiment for that reason. To think of black pepper versus long pepper think of horseradish versus prepared mustard.
The flavor reminded me of Worcestershire sauce somehow. It’s not an accurate description of the subtle and rich flavor but it is the closest I can think of. Okay, maybe more like the least distant I can think of. Think of the difference between Worcestershire and soy sauce – It’s the part of that is different. I can tell it’s somehow related to allspice as well as to black pepper, but it also has some sort of deep rich aromatic flavor of its own that I have not had in any other spice. If you think cloves and allspice and cinnamon total two spices because of their overlapping flavors you’ll like the fact that long pepper brings something new to the table. The overlap with black pepper and allspice is not it’s primary flavor.
Because of the aromatic nature cooking it greatly reduces the amount of flavor it contributes. If you want to put it in before cooking experiment some and you’ll end up using it by the teaspoon. If you want to use it sprinkled on the food just before serving it’s a lot milder than black pepper so you’ll end up using maybe 5-10 times as much as black pepper but less than teaspoon amounts.
I bought it for the romantic history notions. I use it because it’s a nice spice that brings something different to the table. Not an oh-wow-more-please experience, but it is delicious and a hey-this-is-different experience.