In this Nov. 23, 2016 photo, a worker sorts through the pepper by hand in Kampot, Cambodia. Lauded by celebrity chefs, exorbitantly priced, Cambodia’s Kampot pepper is enjoying a renaissance, aided by special recognition and protection from the European Union in 2016. (AP Photo/Denis Gray)
Wed 13th Waning Moon of Phussa B.E.2560, January 25, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Kampot, Cambodia — A nearby sea, flanking mountains, a quartz-rich soil: It’s the perfect spot on earth, devotees say, to yield a product they describe in that rapturous vocabulary usually reserved for fine wines: “aristocratic, virile, almost aphrodisiacal,” with subtle notes of caramel, gingerbread and mild tobacco.
Celebrity chefs from Paris to Los Angeles swear by Kampot pepper, a southwestern Cambodian spice with a tragic past that is now reclaiming its global pre-eminence. It is also proving to be “black gold” for some of its once-impoverished farmers, thanks in part to Kampot pepper last year being awarded a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Union. This identifies unique products — like Stilton cheese, Champagne or Darjeeling tea — as originating in a very specific region.
On January 9, 2017, Mr. Thach Setha led KKC delegation to visit local chapter of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community in Battambang province (Located in Nikum Preah Sihanouk Knong village (Nikum Knong), Jroay Sdao commune, Thmor Kaul district.
Mon 12th Waxing Moon of Phussa B.E.2560, January 9, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey