Whole dried berries, ready for your pepper grinder. Use as you would any pepper. But expect a fruitier spice than normal, with an extra kick. What a perfect place to start in your Australian Native Food journey, something used as an easy substitute for your everyday.
Mountain Pepper Leaf and Mountain Pepperberry grow naturally in the forest and the cool climate of southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Traditionally, Mountain Pepper was used for its incredible antiseptic properties as well as its flavour. Both the leaves and fruit are used. Aboriginal people suffering from sore gums and tooth aches would crush the berries with water to make a paste and applied the paste to treat the infection. Chewing on the berries gives you a little antioxidant boost too. Where ever we use pepper in the book, use dried pepper berry unless leaf is stated and I would urge you all to replace you pepper grinder with a native pepper version.
High in antioxidants and a stunning addition to cooking. The berries are great chewed on for a mid arvo energy boost too.
Pepper Berry (Tasmannia lanceolata (syn. Drimys lanceolata)
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