Pepper Voatsiperifery (Piper borbonense) is wild harvested from a Madagascan natural forest on an organic cocoa estate, which sits right next to the one of the estates where we source pink peppercorns on the east coast of Madagascar. They are called Voatsiperifery deriving from “Voa” meaning the fruits and “tsiperifery” which is the Malagasy for this pepper vine. The wild pepper vines grow high in the trees, and the fruits only grow on the young, new grown shoots and are hand-harvested from the wild by farmers who go into the forest especially to pick them once a year. The wild pepper berries look similar to the comic-book-like bombs of the cubeb pepper (sometimes called Java pepper or tailed pepper) but are somewhat smaller. Voatsiperifery peppercorns are 3mm long ovals with a 5 – 6mm long tail. Wild Madagascan Pepper has a brown-black colour similar to normal black pepper.