Since receiving the Cambodian government’s coveted “geographical indication” label, Kampot peppercorn has exploded in popularity in Europe. Pepper man Nguon Lay explains the source of the success.
“The location here is good,” he says [of Kampot province]. “It has clay mixed with sand and the talent of the farmers who have learned from their ancestors since the 13th century.”
Clay and sand are not typically associated with nutrient-rich soil. But whatever. Sales are up 10 to 20 percent in Europe, and the Kampot Pepper Farmers’ Association has already sold out of pepper for the year. Perhaps they are on to something.