Kampot Pepper is one of Cambodian products to benefit from the status of Protecte Geographical Indication. In year 2010, it gained recognition. The production areas of Kampot Pepper are restricted to six districts within Kampot and Kep provinces.
Definition of Geographical Indication: The use of geographical indication (GI) is may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
Pepper in Cambodia has a centuries’ long history which precedes the great civilization of the kings of Angkor. The Chinese explorer Tchéou Ta Kouan describes pepper production in Cambodia as early as the 13th century.
In 1873-1874, war erupted in the Aceh province of Indonesia. Unable to contain the powerful Dutch army, the sultan of Aceh - not wanting to leave this wealth in the hands of his enemies - burned down his pepper plantation. Part of the production then moved to Cambodia, in the Kampot region.
Kampot province witnessed a real “pepper fever” with the arrival of the French colonists at the end of the 19th century. They intensified the production and produced up to 8,000 tons a year at the beginning of the next century.
In the middle of the 20th century, Kampot Pepper is at its pinnacle. Production which stabilized around 3,000 tons per year is of exceptional quality. Kampot Pepper is then the spice of choice for the top French restaurants.
From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer rouge ran the country. Land and people were monopolized in order to grow rice almost exclusively. During this Khmer Rouge period and subsequent decades of civil war, pepper production in Kampot ran to a halt. Pepper farms almost completely vanished and only a few poles remained out of the million still in place in the 60’s.
At the end of the 20th century, producers’ families came back on their ancestral land. Coming from several generations of pepper producers, they naturally cleared the land left abandoned and started cultivating their favorite spice once again.
In 2006, with the support of private business and development organizations, production picks up and recovers its former glory.
There are two varieties of plants used by the farmers in Kampot and Kep provinces: Kamchay and Lampong (or Belantoeung), known locally as “big leaves” and “small leaves”. Replication is done by cuttings. The geographical indication’s book of specifications forbids the use of any other varieties.
Fertilization is applied all year long in different ways: addition of new soil called “virgin soil”, application of cow dung and bat dung (guano). Some producers also produce fertilizers from rice field crabs. The geographical indication’s book of specifications forbids the use of chemical fertilizers.
Irrigation is paramount to pepper cultivation. If rain fall is plentiful during rainy season, irrigation is necessary during dry season when a vine needs 15 L of water every 3 days. Most of the plantations in Kampot are irrigated manually using water from ponds nearby.
Many pepper farmers in Kampot produce today natural pesticides (repulsive) based on local plants - the knowledge transmitted from their ancestors. The geographical indication’s book of specifications recommends using natural pesticides. Only pesticides of class 2 and 3 (WHO classification) are allowed in the production of Kampot pepper, shall natural treatments prove inefficient.
Green Pepper: Kampot Green Pepper is harvested when still young on the vine, Kampot green pepper aromas literally explode on the palate with a very mild taste. This fresh pepper accommodates perfectly for grilled squid, shrimp and crap dishes.
Black Pepper: Kampot Black Pepper delivers a strong and delicate aroma and its taste can range from intensely spicy to mildly sweet; reveals hints of flower, eucalyptus and mint.
Red Pepper: This disconcerting pepper allows for the wildest combinations, from wild meat seasoning to vanilla desserts.
White Pepper: Kampot red and white peppers are extremely rare due to the difficulty in harvesting fully mature pepper. Only a few hundreds of kilos are produced each year.
You can rest assurely with Kampot Pepper origin and quality.
Retail price of Kampot Pepper on the world’s two most popular online shopping sites:
$13.95 = 4 ounces (113 grams) which is about $123.46 per kilogram
$10.99 = 4.75 ounces ( 134 grams) which come to around $81.99 per kilogram
We can offer you for prices of Kampot Pepper as follow exclude of shipping costs: We can arrange with freight forwarder either via sea or air freight.
Kampot Black Pepper: $15 per kg
Kampot Red Pepper: $20 per kg
Kampot White Pepper: $24 per kg
How to place an order for Kampot GI pepper:
Let’s say, your order 10kgs of Kampot black pepper for France with express air shipment, example calculation would be the following:
1. Multiply number of kilograms of type of pepper you would like to place an order then add 1kg for packaging material
Example: $165.00 = $15 x 10 kgs of black pepper + 1kg for packaging material
Check International Shipping Rate of your destination country via Express Mail Service (EMS) from Cambodia. France is in Zone F and will take 3 to 7 days to get there.
Example: Sending 11 kgs (10kg pepper + 1kg material) to France will cost $153.00
Handlin Charges inclusive:
+ PayPal rate charge: 3.9% of paragraph 1 and paragraph 2 which is $12.40
+ EMS packaging box - Free
+ Custom clearance charge for goods weighing more than 5kg – Free
4. Total: $330.10 = $165.00 + $513.00 + $12.40
We have an account with PayPal which is Sales@GoCambodia.com therefore making payment for the goods and shipping cost hassle-free. Once order has been placed and payment received, your Kampot pepper will leave from our facility within one week.