Indonesia Black Pepper
Indonesia has been known as a major producer of spices, including various types of peppers, such as black and white peppers. Indonesia surely has the potentials to supply the world with quality peppers.
Indonesia location which has close proximity with countries with distinctive cuisine culture that relies heavily on black pepper such as Thailand and Malaysia making it a quick route to distribute the produced black pepper to enthusiast buyers. This advantages make Indonesia become the second biggest black pepper producing country in Southeast Asia.
Black peppercorns are the ones with which most people are familiar and are picked when the berries are close to being ripe. The berries are sun-dried after picking which darkens their outer layer.
Major black pepper producing region in Indonesia located in ; Lampung province (Way Kanan and Tanggamus), whose known as Lampong Black Pepper. One of the most distinctive variety of black pepper in Indonesia is called Lampung pepper, is known all over the world because of its burning pungency, taste and aroma. They are small, tasting fruitful and sharp on the tip of the tongue. Some traits that cannot be found in other countries.
Another location are in ; Bangka Belitung Islands province, on the other hand, is the major producer of Muntok White Pepper. Aceh, Jambi, Bengkulu (Kaur Regency), West Kalimantan (Puring Kencana and Kapuas Hulu), East Kalimantan (Samarinda, Berau, Balikpapan, and Bontang), West Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi (Kendari), South Sumatra, North Sumatra, and Yogyakarta. Indonesia's top export destination for peppers were in the United States, Vietnam, India, Singapore and the Netherlands.
Pepper is used not only as spice but also as raw materials for medicines, cosmetics and aromatics.
The use of peppers, especially for food, has increased on the back of food safety issue with the use of chemical ingredients. On the other hand, there are also higher demands for the safety of spices for food especially in developed countries as well as trends among customers to go back to nature.(WP)