What’s the difference between Tellicherry Pepper and Malabar Pepper?
Tellicherry Peppercorns vs Malabar Peppercorns: Major Differences
Black Pepper Corn is one of the most popular spices in the world that is grown in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Srilanka & Brazil. Out of these regions, the most popular varieties of peppercorns are grown in INDIA.
Before discussing more regarding Tellicherry pepper & Malabar pepper, we can have look at some of the misinformation about this topic.
1) Tellicherry pepper is grown and harvested from Tellicherry city in Kerala, INDIA.
2) Tellicherry peppercorns are left on the vine for a longer duration and it’s a specially cultivated peppercorn variety.
But if we look at the actual results and correct information, there are a lot of interesting facts about both peppercorn varieties.
Tellicherry Pepper & Malabar Pepper are regular black pepper both coming from the same vine. They are differentiated by their size and the litre weight of peppercorns.
Peppercorns go for the garbling process where it is sorted wrt size and lite weight.
Tellicherry pepper is graded with a screen size of 4.5 – 4.75mm screen in-order to produce 570 Grams per Litre Quality.
Malabar pepper is graded with a screen size of 4.25-4.5mm screen in-order to produce 550 Grams per Litre Quality.
Tellicherry peppercorns are bigger compared to Malabar peppercorns in size and have a flavour of fruity to grassy citrus and pine a certain bright freshness. Malabar Pepper has a mildly dark, slightly bitter flavour. It’s used for dark, savoury dishes like braises.
Having long experience in Pepper Industry, Trupery sources Black Pepper of Kerala Origin from three different regions of Kerala. The major reason for this is that certain regions are producing specific quality level that suits desired standards in Black Pepper. This is just because of the growing conditions and climatic effects on pepper wine.
For Tellicherry pepper quality mainly sourcing happens from the Northern region of Kerala. Whereas Malabar pepper quality is mainly sourced from the central region of Kerala.
The best and unique way to source or buy authentic black peppercorns is from Trupery, where procurement happens it from the ground ie farm level and deliver it to you at your doorstep without losing its freshness and aroma.