Pepper harvesting in Coorg commences immediately after coffee harvesting (carried on each year during the month of Feb-Mar), and continues until mid-April. The harvesters use a natural bamboo ladder to pluck the ripe catkins.

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A Pepper Harvester

 

The pepper vine is taken during monsoons to be planted in a plantation close to a tree, and grows along the tree. The first yield is obtained after 5 years. The person harvesting separates the green catkins from the creeper. The vine gives rise to four different types of peppers: green (which turns black on drying), red, white and black peppers.

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Harvested Pepper

 

It is then de-corned. The seeds are removed from the catkins, which is then dried on the terracotta-tiled ground. It is dried for around 8 days. Following this, the spice is packed and then sold in the market. Buyers are approached for the purchase of the same.

The spice is known as the black gold of the world. It is also called the king of spices, cardamom being the queen of spices 🙂

Any ‘peppery’ tales from your end? 🙂