Voatsiperifery Pepper Chocolate! Voatsiperifery Pepper Chocolate! Voatsiperifery Pepper Chocolate!
Say that five times fast. Bitterman Salt Co. collaborated with local Portland chocolate maker Pitch Dark to create this one-of-a-kind Pepper+Chocolate Bar.
The allure of chocolate is difficult to explain. Its flavor is complex, almost impossible to parse, tracing back into the darkness of the primeval rainforests. Its silken viscosities shift and grow smooth within the warmth of our mouths. Salt and pepper, the powerhouses of flavor amplification, bring new life to chocolate’s eternal mystery. Combining the most beautiful salt and the most tantalizing peppers within the molten smithy of a bean to bar chocolate is the flavor sensation chocolate has been waiting for, and nobody knows it like Bitterman.
The extremely rare voatsiperifery Madagascar pepper has small, oval shaped berries with pronounced stems tapering from one end. The taste of Voatsiperifery is earthy and wood-like, with citrus and flowery notes adding nuance and freshness. The finish is particularly long, radiating across the palate for minutes after they are gone from the mouth. The effect is intoxicating with with lamb or pork, and a revelation for stone fruits and chocolate.
- The name ‘Voatsiperifery’ is derived from the Malagasy words Voa, meaning “the fruits”, and tsiperifery, meaning pepper vine.
- The vines grow to heights of 20 meters, using the trunks and branches of trees for support. Fruits emerge along newer shoots and are harvested just once a year.
- Only 1,500 kg are harvested annually, making these fragrant peppercorns relatively rare, even in Madagascar.