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Parameswaran's Special Wynad Organic Black Pepper - From the Farm to Your Table - Our Exclusive!

Parameswaran's Special Wynad Organic Black Pepper - From the Farm to Your Table - Our Exclusive!

Regular price $15.50 USD
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Freshest Pepper from the Farm to Your Table! A Salt Traders Exclusive!

These lovingly raised peppercorns hail from Kerala, India. They are organically grown and carefully harvested in the Wynad (or Wayanad) district of Kerala. This area is known for producing India's finest pepper. What makes these peppercorns so special is their extended time on the vine. Most pepper is harvested when green. Parameswaran, the owner of the small plantation in the Wynad where he lives with his family, allows his pepper to grow until the berries are reddish and fully ripe. This makes harvesting more difficult because the vines must be picked numerous times as the berries ripen, not one time when all are green. After harvesting, the peppercorns are sun- dried, then packaged to preserve their peak flavor and scent. The time and work is well worth it, as the berries have big, intense, complex flavor.

The production of pepper of this quality is demanding and labor intensive. In the Wynad many households will pick a small quantity of these ripened berries for their private use, but Parameswaran is the only exporter of this fully-ripened pepper, making it rare and revered in the United States and around the world. Parameswaran's Special Wynad Pepper was featured as one of the best by Cook's Illustrated in 2008 and it still holds that accolade.

We are pleased to be the exclusive US distributor of this outstanding pepper. We offer whole black peppercorns in 75 gram black bags, as well as larger quantities in our clear bulk zip bags.

  • Organically Grown
  • Single-Estate
  • Fully-ripened to red berries
  • Hand-Harvested
  • Sun-Dried

For best flavor and potency when not using, keep tightly closed in a cool, dark cupboard away from direct heat or sunlight.

Featured in the November 2008 issue of Cooks Illustrated!

Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Unique pepper

Lovely subtle flavor, adds great flavor !! Third time I’ve bought it!! Thanks!!

I'll never go back to grocery store peppercorns

From Cacao e Pepe to barbecued steak, pepper can either be a star or melt into the background. We started using this Wynad black paper in our table top grinder a couple of years ago, but really fell in love when we toasted it to sprinkle onto roasted meats and vegetable.
Now we buy the large pack, because we don't want to run out and be forced to substitute what we now see as ancient, stale tasting peppercorns from the supermarket "wall of spices"

Tim Wilson
Very flavorful

the taste of this pepper is much fresher and richer than the general "black pepper" that one can buy at supermarkets.

My 2-cents

The Parameswaran black pepper is indeed a better tasting pepper. It is not "night and day" better than other peppercorns that I have used, but does have a noticeably richer taste. For me, it was more defined in soup and potato than on pork chops or steak. I don't know if the cost justifies using it on everything, but if you are preparing dinner for some guests or have an occasion to show off your cooking skills, this pepper will improve the taste. I admit that taste is very hard to universally quantify, but if your entrée and/or side dishes were say, 94% of your expectation, than using Parameswaran black pepper will improve them to around 96% to 98%. (Just a guess.) Best to all.


I had doubts about this being worth the price but its wonderful. I had a family member chide me for spending so much then they started using it more than me and admitted its worth the cost. I can't even go back to supermarket ground pepper now as it is almost tasteless in comparison. Even the odor is rich and wonderful. I just came back to order more even though I still have plenty left just to be sure I don't run out and its out of stock so I'll be checking back often.

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