Few people know or even care how pepper is grown and harvested. Given the sawdust that is commonly passed off as pepper at grocery stores, I understand why.
Before Reluctant Trading, I used to think pepper was pepper. Then my friend in India, Divakar, sent me a jar of Tellicherry Peppercorns. That pepper not only changed my appreciation of food, it changed my life.
On Tuesday, I'm doing something I've always dreamed of. I'm headed to India to see the pepper harvest. And I'm bringing my friend with me, pro photographer, Alan Shortall.
We're headed to the jungles of Kerala, where we'll see monkeys and spiders the size of dinner plates.
We'll walk in the footsteps of famous explorers like Vasco da Gama. But unlike da Gama, we'll be bringing da smartphones so we can share all da excitement with you.
We'll be regularly posting photos, videos and stories from India (wifi willing.)
To see what we're up to, be sure to follow and like us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. We'll also try to post on our blog where we recently put up a podcast about our upcoming trip.
Great part about following us online is that you won't need bug spray, you won't get jet lag and you won't have to go to Costco to get a Paul Bunyan size bottle of Pepto Bismol.
The time is ripe. And so are the peppercorns.
See you from India.
The Pepper Harvest Trip Itinerary
Day 1 • Mumbai India • Arrival
Day 1 • Mumbai India
Day 2 • Mumbai India • Morning
Day 2 • Mumbai India • Afternoon
Day 3 • Mumbai India
Day 4, 5 • Visit Divakar • Kannur India
Day 5, 6 • The Pepper Harvest • Wayanad India
Day 7 • The Pepper Harvest • Wayanad India
Day 9 - 12 • Street Photography • Rajasthan India
Day 10 • Rajasthan India • Monkey Mayhem
India Wrap • Some Photos of My Own