The microplane mill works perfectly and is fun to use, but the star of the show is the cambodian long pepper which is beautiful when ground and tastes both fruity and hot.
First and foremost,
I must say that I am brutally honest with any review I write, including this one. Most of my reviews are not glowing and many are very negative due to being really honest and very critical. OK, now that we have that out of the way, onward to Cambodia and the Red Long Peppers.
Awhile back I got bored cooking with all the same limited ingredients so I searched out a whole lot of new sources for spices and a few other things. Came across The Reluctant Trading Experiment's website and it looked appealing, it sorta stopped me in my tracks. Naturally, I bought a few things; Tellicherry peppercorns, a Micro plane grinder and of course the Cambodian Red Long Peppers. Upon arrival (which was only two days later!), I opened both pepper packs, and I have to tell you, the fragrance just exploded out of that bag! They gave new meaning to the word "FRESH". Seriously.
After my glee and excitement waned a bit, I got back to cooking and used both in a black bean soup I was making. Let me be clear, I like things kinda spicy so along with the crushed organic red pepper, organic cayenne pepper, black pepper (tellicherry of course) and other spices, I added the Cambodian Red Long Pepper - about a heaping teaspoon of it finely grated.
The aroma coming out of that pot was unbelievable! The Cambodian Red Long made a definitive difference. Tasting the actual ground Cambodian Red Long, it complimented the crushed red pepper in that it has a sweetish flavor and is mildly hot. Now for me, Cayenne pepper is starting to get hot, for you Cambodian Red Long peppers may be hot. Either way, they are absolutely excellent and very FRESH. That in and of itself, makes a world of difference. Add to all of this the absolute excellent service I received from Scott and his team, it just made my day. This is only the fifth five star review I have ever written and it is well deserved without any doubts whatsoever.
Thank you Scott for providing spices that are genuine and extremely fresh. And of course, your personality and professionalism and that of your team comes through in everything you guys do.
- Michael Dzaman
Those Red Long Peppers that now Belong to Me,Belong in the realm of heavenly.
Really good stuff from that Reluctant Trading bunch.
This pepper has such a delicious complex and sort of fruity smell and taste. I love it on a pita spread with hummus and drizzled with olive oil.
Great quality and flavor