Tasmanian Pepper Berries
Tasmania's native ‘pepper’ is also sometimes referred to as Mountain Pepper. These black berries are a succulent, hot berry with a crunchy seed cluster at their center. When eaten alone, the berries have a sweet taste at the beginning, followed by short-lasting intense heat. We think they are an interesting alternative to conventional black pepper although you should use a light hand—they are 10 times as hot!!
Use these berries to add a wild, natural and spicy taste to native foods such as emu burgers, flavored breads, pastas and pates, mustards and cheeses. They also can be used as a novel garnish or a spicy ingredient in soups and stews. Additionally, they contain a strong red dye which adds vibrant color to pale sauces and cheeses.