From the high ranges of Idukki
Uniqueness of our white peppers
From the high ranges of Idukki, the land of spices, whose pepper has been the happy ending to the quests for the best since time immemorial, comes our white pepper. Crafted only from the riped (red) berries using traditional methods from indigenous varieties which have higher oil content, stronger flavour and aroma than their counterparts in the lower ranges, our white peppers are a piece of art.
Made from only fully ripened berries
Delicately processed using traditional methods
Meet our two indigenous varieties,
Karimunda & Perumkodi
With bigger peppercorns, Perumkodi one of the oldest indigenous variety to be cultivated stays true to its literal meaning: Big Pepper Vine. With milder piquant flavours and heat, the delicate and refined citrusy and fruity notes, it awakens your taste buds. A contributor to the size element to many newer, hybrid varieties, Perumkodi, now a rarity in the farms of Idukki gives you a balanced and distinct taste profile, especially to your less spicy preparations and salads.
An indigenous variety, known to be the most flavourful among more than 100 varieties in India, our Karimunda white pepper gives the many flavours and aroma that makes your taste buds dance. Providing rich, complex flavours and exceptional aroma along with strong heat and piquant taste notes, the high ranges and Karimunda is sure a match made in heaven.
How do they taste?
Who grows our pepper?
Both our peppers are grown by Sunny and Rosamma, in the Nedumkandam Panchayat of Idukki District, Kerala at the core of the Cardamom Hills.
Their farm, located at an elevation of 1000m, hosts various indigenous varieties of pepper and all of it are grown using natural farming methods.
Being farmers for generation now, and pepper growers for more than 40 years they harvest the right peppercorns with great expertise, care and precision to give us the best of peppers. We have been associated with them for the past 7 years.
Rosamma and Sunny Joseph
How it reaches you?
Farmer Us You
Our farmers cultivate pepper using Zero Budget Natural Farming also known as Spiritual Farming. This farming method focuses on rejuvenating the soil to maintain a forest like condition to grow your crops naturally. And for this rejuvenation process, our farmers use Jiwamrita, a mixture of cow dung and urine of indigenous cows, pulses, seasonal fruits or jaggery/sugarcane juice and a handful of soil, a main component in natural farming.
White Pepper processing is a craft in itself, one that requires, time, expertise and precision beginning from its picking. Only the ripe peppercorns, those that have turned completely red from green, plucked in multiple rounds of harvest,, are chosen and separated to make white pepper. The peppercorns are then tied up and soaked in water for 3-4 days to ferment, wherein the water is changed every day. This process helps in the peeling off the outer skin of the peppercorns, when rubbed against a hard surface. Once the outer skin is peeled off and cleaned in water, the pepper is sun-dried 3-4 days. Later the pepper is sorted according to density and any black ones in it are removed. It is then stored in opaque, air-tight containers. Processed in small batches, the harvest and post harvest activities spans from January to April. All the post harvest activities are undertaken by Graamya at our own facility so that the right procedures are followed and high quality in terms of taste, aroma and hygiene are maintained.
Pepper harvest calendar
Berries begins to appear
September - October
Berries starts turning to dark green
December - January
Last stages of Maturing
May - June
February - April
Harvesting and Processing
Both our peppers are grown by Sunny and Rosamma, in the Nedumkandam Panchayat of Idukki District, Kerala at the core of the Cardamom Hills. Their farm, located at an elevation of 1000m, hosts various indigenous varieties of pepper and all of it are grown using natural farming methods. Being farmers for generation now, and pepper growers for more than 40 years they harvest the right peppercorns with great expertise, care and precision to give us the best of peppers. We have been associated with them for the past 7 years.