The Kampot pepper - found only in the Kampot region of Cambodia - was once the world's most prestigious peppercorn, integral to classic French cuisine and celebrated in gourmet kitchens everywhere for its complex aroma and mild, flavorful range of tastes. However, during the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, Kampot Pepper exports ceased.
Over the last 10 years Cambodia has had the 10th fastest growing economy in the world. Kampot Pepper is the leading sector in the development of Cambodia's agricultural economy. Recently it was designated a Protected Geographical Indication (similar to Champagne) by European authorities.
We are -and you can be- part of this effort to return Kampot Pepper to tabletops worldwide. We'll grow it and import it; you buy it and sell it or serve it! Diners will remark the quantum leap in flavor of dishes prepared with or seasoned with Auguste Escoffier's preferred pepper... and come back for more.
“During French colonial times, Kampot was a destination of choice for the French elite who came to play in the Bokor casino and enjoyed the peaceful beaches of Kep. Between mountain and sea Kampot is a perfect province for fruit and vegetable farming. Fish and seafood are specialties; its fish sauce (widely used in Asian cuisine) is particularly appreciated. Kampot is also renowned for the quality of its fruits (Durian, coconut, mango…) as well as for its sea salt. But what made Kampot internationally famous is without contest its pepper.”
Aromatic from a distance, these potent corns of full-bodied floral essence and ample peppery sensation are both justifiably famous and tragically forgotten.
Trapped until now by the Cambodian Killing Fields of the 1970's, Kampot Pepper’s powerful flavors and story are an authentic and compelling opportunity for the global farm-to-table culinary community.
40 years later - is Cambodia strong enough to repair the damage of the tragedy and welcome our response. With an annual growth rate averaging 7.7% over the last ten years, Cambodia is coming back – not with a vengeance -- but with characteristic gentleness and warmth.
Our role? To enjoy the world's best pepper and to become their best export market.
We invite you to join in the work of rebuilding the community that grows, process, exports, imports, distributes, and sells Cambodia’s robust Kampot Pepper.
We invite Chefs to
✓ restore the authenticity of your classic French cuisine
✓ recreate the wonders of Nouvelle Cuisine
✓ be true to the flavor of Cambodian and other Asian cuisines
✓ sharpen the cutting-edge of fusion creations
✓ add a new dimension to American fare
✓ create your own signature dish with our various colors & flavor nuances.