Kampot Long Pepper, “Piper retrofactum”, is a flowering vine in the family of peppers, originated from Java, Indonesia. The first reference to long pepper comes from ancient Indian textbooks of Ayurveda, where its medicinal and dietary uses are described in detail. It reached Greece in the sixth or fifth century BCE, though Hippocrates discussed it as a medicament rather than a spice. Among the Greeks and Romans and prior to the European rediscovery of the American Continents, long pepper was an important and well-known spice. The fruit is harvested when fully ripe, and then dried. Used as spice or seasoning, it develops a complex flavor of strong heat and musk, tempered by sweet notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Freshly grind or grate long pepper on salads and sweet dishes to preserve its flavor. Its garam masala-like flavor pairs well with meat marinades or cut in pieces to spice-up any slow-cooking dishes. Member of KPPA Association.