This extraordinary specialty pepper comes from a strictly protected nature reserve in the highlands of the Malabar Coast, located in the state of Kerala in the very south-western India. It is grown by peasant producer groups far away from any civilization. This original area is known for its rich biodiversity. The harvest volumes are very low at this traditional pepper plant, but the levels of flavor and aroma substances such as essential oils significantly higher than most peppers. The pepper is hand-plowed and sun-dried.