Fruity Friday…Thai Long Pepper ..#Dee Bplee Pepper.

Welcome to Fruity Friday I am so excited my Long Pepper plant arrived yesterday…I am still waiting to locate my other finds this month but nearly there…They are the Clove Basil, Finger Limes and the Chocolate Fruit…just waiting for them to be ready or back in stock.

The Thai long Pepper which here is called Dee Bplee Pepper…is eaten fresh as well as dried it has a unique fragrance whose official name is Piper Chaba…

These peppers grow on vines throughout SE Asia and belong to the same family as whole peppercorns and betel leaves.

Betel Leaves I eat with my favourite snack…Miang Kham

I love this tamarind sauce with my favourite snack...Miang Kham…although I have made it at home some markets sell all the little bits ready cut in bags with the sauce much easier and they taste just the same as much of the food sold on the markets here is made in home kitchens and brought to market…
I just love snacks here as many are just so healthy..fresh ginger, garlic, lime, shallots, nuts and wrapped in a Betel leaf after drizzling with tamarind sauce…definitely a favourite…
But I digress…
Back to Long Peppers…

Going from green to bright orange when ripe they then turn brown in the dried form…fresh they are pounded into various Thai chilli pastes and dipping sauces. Used in soups like you would use a bay leaf, they mute the strong flavours of fish. In the dried form, you will find this in northern style larb, 

I can’t wait until my plant has enough of these long chilli peppers and make a Thai larb for comparison as from what I have read the taste is different… in the Kanchanaburi area of Thailand which is known for spicy chilli paste, they are also often pounded up into its famous chilli paste … Fresh or dried they can be used in pickles…so many recipes for me to try…

I am excited to get enough to pick and use in my cooking… my plant has one large one and 5 tiny babies…They are green as you can see at the moment but hopefully will soon be a nice bright orange…as in this image…

I have of course been researching recipes although there seems to be more on the fact they are used for traditional medicines than recipes…

I have however come across a tapenade recipe that purees the green catkins because that’s just what they look like …don’t they? with fresh lime juice and olive oil, minced garlic and sea salt…It sounds delicious and I am eagerly awaiting for mine to bear more fruits… I have never (yet) seen the fresh ones for sale here although they are available dried online.

Medicinally they have been used here for many years by traditional medicine practitioners as a remedy for sore throats, to relieve gas and helps stop diarrhoea. They do seem to be quite rare I have not them on the local markets(yet) although I am now keeping my eyes peeled they do seem to be very popular around SE Asia and used a lot in traditional medicines.

Thank you for reading this post I do hope you have enjoyed it…If you have used or seen this long pepper please share in the comments as you know I love to chat…Love Carol xx




20 thoughts on “Fruity Friday…Thai Long Pepper ..#Dee Bplee Pepper.

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  3. Jim Borden

    I would not have considered a pepper to be a fruit!

    and that snack you mention sounds so tasty! is the Miang Kham the combination of fresh ginger, garlic, lime, shallots, nuts and wrapped in a Betel leaf after drizzling with tamarind sauce that you mention?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, that is what it is called in Thai…it is also very nice…A fruit it is …a vegetable is classed as something that you eat the leaves, stems or the root a cabbage , potatoes or carrots for example 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Neither had I but they are peppers I received my plant two days ago and more are sprouting out now. Once I get a red one I will have a munch and see just how hot it is…Quite excited to try it 🙂 x

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  4. Erica/Erika

    A very creative, heading photo, Carol. I do not know much about peppers, except to be cautious around specific peppers. The combination of fresh lime juice, olive oil, garlic and sea salt sounds wonderful. You remind me how I should be more adventurous with new recipes.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Erika for your kind words they mean a lot to me…I am adventurous as you have probably gathered but I also have my disasters and learn from them and that’s ok…That’s cooking …Have a great weekend 🙂 x

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