White Muntok pepper GI
White Muntok pepper GI
Muntok is a general purpose white pepper, very suitable for use in European cuisine, in delicate preparations and in preparation where absolutely white and no black pepper is desired, such as in white sauces.
Protected geographical indication (Indonesian label)
White Muntok is one of the most famous white peppers in the world, originating from the Indonesian islands of Bangka and Billiton. The pepper is named after the harbor town of Muntok on Bangka.
The islands off the coast of Sumatra are mountainous, which is partly why the farmers specialize in the production of white pepper. Traditionally, they bring their freshly harvested (ripe) peppers into the mountains to wash them in streams. This takes a week, after which the skins of the white, ripe flesh are released and can be separated from the berries.
Then it's up to the sun to dry the peppers, giving them their creamy white color. To celebrate the harvest of the white pepper, the inhabitants traditionally perform a dance called the nari meraca, the pepper dance.
In recent years, the traditional way in which white pepper is made (and celebrated) has come under pressure, not only due to the theft of the valuable pepper from the streams, far away from the plantations. More and more farmers, united in corporations, prefer to soak the pepper close to home in a safer location. Blame them.
Climate change is also affecting farmers. The Dutch company Verstegen has been active on Bangka since 2019 to help make cultivation more sustainable by cultivating the pepper in combination with ginger and turmeric, fruit bushes and trees, such as durian, following the model that is already running practice in many countries. The combination of crops ensures that sufficient nutrients remain in the soil and does not exhaust the soil, so that less additional fertilizer is required.
Muntok pepper, is classic is a pepper for delicate preparations, white fish, white meat, such as poultry and lean pork, crustaceans, rice, pasta, in white sauces and with steamed vegetables. The ferment aromas are modest.
- white pepper from the ripe pepper berries of the Piper nigrum
- protected by the Indonesian PGI label (international: PGI)
- origin: Bangka, Indonesia
- available in glass, pouch and test tube
- glass jar contains 75 grams
- standup pouches with a content of up to 30 to 500 grams
- available in 10 ml test tube
- larger quantities on request
- the jar is available in a tasteful gift box, consisting of a cube box filled with black tissue paper
- for an overview of our gift packaging, please refer to the section gift packaging
- grind your pepper shortly before use
- keep your Muntok pepper in closed packaging
- preferably store in a dark, dry and cool place
- best before May 2025 (05/25)
- this best before date is an indication
Do you want to know what this mint pepper tastes like?
Could you also try a test tube. The tube contains enough pepper to fathom the flavor essence.