After Europe, India has provided certain products with a Geographical indication, which protects the origin of peppers.
For this purpose, it uses the following classification of black peppers:
MG-1 - Malabar Garbled, Grade 1. (95% of the grains have a diameter of at least 3.25 mm and an apparent specific gravity of at least 550 g/l);
TGEB - Tellichery Garbled Extra Bold. (95% of the grains have a diameter of 4.25 mm and an apparent specific gravity of at least 530 g/l);
TGSEB - Tellichery Garbled Special Extra Bold (95% of the grain has a diameter of 4.75 mm and an apparent specific gravity of at least 530 g / l); both our Tellicherry pepper and Wayanad pepper meet this criterion.
A Malabar 500 g/l is also sold on the international market, with many relatively small, often empty berries, also known as pinheads. This quality of pepper is mainly used for ground black pepper, because the result is quite dark and appeals to the demand for a distinctly 'black' pepper.
The TGEB is used, among other things, in the production of Italian salami, and the TGSEB in the production of mortadella and other meat products where the industry requires a 'large', clearly visible peppercorn for aesthetic reasons.