White Penja pepper grows in Cameroon in an agricultural region north of Douala. It is considered one of the best peppers in the world and benefits from a protected geographical indication.
Penja pepper is harvested when fully ripe, when the seeds begin to take on a beautiful red color. It is then placed in large tanks filled with water in order to undergo a fermentation step. During this fermentation step, the skin will detach from the peppercorns which will turn white. They are then dried at low temperature in order to preserve all their aromas.
On the flavor side, the white Penja pepper offers a strong length in the mouth with spicy and tangy notes. Although not as strong as black pepper, it retains a slightly wild power, but is nonetheless subtle.
It goes with many foods and you can pair it with white meats, fish, vegetables, soups, or even eggs.
The benefits of Penja pepper:
White Penja pepper contains piperine which provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Penja pepper stimulates the production of endorphins and acts as a natural antidepressant.
The consumption of pepper facilitates digestion and helps fight against stomach ulcers or hemorrhoids.