Yummy Artisan Food Award for unique and fresh flavor.
Akesson Organic Black Pepper is an estate grown pepper which means it is grown, and processed on the property of the grower. The estate was planted in 1920 as a cocoa plantation by the grandfather of current owner, Bertil Akesson. This exceptional pepper comes from pepper trees planted to shade the cocoa trees. It is extremely aromatic, with warm notes of pine kernel and fresh hints of green fruits. This Madagascar black pepper complements your red meats, accentuates the taste of eggs, and raises the delicacy of oil rich fishes like salmon and herring. It is rare as a certified organic pepper. The aromatic intensity and delicacy make this pepper worth the extra cost in ones cooking.
Located in the Sambirano valley, near Ambanja, in the North-West of Madagascar, Bertil Akesson’s estate spreads over 2000 ha(1 ha approximately equal 2.5 acres) and is divided into smaller plantations like Ambolikapiky. Since 1920, these farms produce world-famous aromatic cocoa, spices and exceptional peppers. Today most of the top chefs and chocolate makers around the world use cocoa, spices, and peppers from this estate. Besides 300 tons of trinitario cocoa produced every produced every year, a very limited quantity of criollo beans – 2 tons per year – is harvested separately to make a limited amount of estate chocolate. It has a very expressive cocoa aroma with subtle fruity-sweet tartness and pleasant flavor notes that evoke citrus and red berries. It you see a Madagascar labeled chocolate, most like the beans were sources from this historic and amazing unique estate.