Kampot Pepper

The small town of Kampot is a sleepy place, a couple of little gems for eating but apart from that simply a base for the stunning countryside that surrounds it. It has one export however, that puts Kampot on the map. Farmed in the flatlands of this riverside settlement grows a peppercorn with geographical indication. No respected Parisian restaurant would have been without a pot of Kampot pepper in the 60s and it’s starting to make a come back today. A range of green, black and white (depending on when they are picked) peppercorns are grown here, all with their own distinctive taste. The corns can be eaten fresh or dried and are a staple ingredient in many Khmer dishes. Whilst in Kampot you can visit the peppercorn farms and buy the pepper, either from the farms, or in the scattering of gift shops around town. The cheapest place is the market so if you don’t want a nice little souvenir box that’s the place to go.

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