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When people come to Kampot and taste the signature dish of the province, Kampot Pepper Crab, made with whole spikes of freshly plucked Kampot Pepper, they always come to ask how they can get fresh green pepper to take home with them. Unfortunately, like a lettuce leaf, pepper berries do not remain good for more than a few days without preserving in some way or other. So, now we have come up with a novel alternative to drying… and it is amazing!
Bo Tree Kampot Salted Green Pepper berries are preserved by mixing them with Kampot Fleur de Sel, which then sucks in moisture from the air creating a naturally preservative. The taste is salty and piquant; you can use them in numerous ways to perk up your food: in marinades for meat; in most eggs dishes; fried rice or risotto; salads… the list is exhaustive and open to experimentation. We love to put them in a bowl and snack on them with a beer or glass of wine!
The berries do not keep their fresh green colour for long – perhaps a month in the vacuum pack or 1 week after opening if kept in the fridge, however they are delicious long after they have turned black in the air and have a usable life of around a year. To keep green for longer, put them in the freezer unopened until you want to use them.