Rodrigues Island Ti Piment F8
Absent, except for cross-contamination.
May contain traces of sesame, celery, mustard, soy.
- Origin Rodrigues Island
- Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
- Scoville scale 8/10
The words of Mathilde Rœllinger
This chili pepper, typical of Rodrigues Island, is very strong with an intense fragrance. Even a sniff will sting your eyes!
Fifty years ago, a nature-loving teacher had a vision and decided to buy a plot of wasteland in the center of the island. He dreamed of creating an orchard, house, vegetable garden, forest, and a few plots of chili pepper on his land. The teacher’s dream came true and turned into an agricultural estate which is now run by his four sons. They grow litchis, grapefruits, and ti piment on the estate, without pesticide and chemical fertilizers. Our Rodrigues Island Ti Piment only comes from this estate.
Ti piment is handpicked, mainly in July when fully ripe. The chilis are naturally sun-dried or dried in greenhouses at the estate before being very carefully sorted so that their stalks remain intact.
Ti piment in Rodrigues Island and Mauritius Island is enjoyed fresh or pickled, or as a vinegar-preserved condiment. The family produces the chilis whole, and dried, with the stalk intact.
This ti piment is native to Rodrigues Island, a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean near Mauritius Island, which has managed to escape from mass tourism. Rodrigues Island’s remote location means that it has been able to preserve its highly diverse genetic plant heritage. Until the 60s, this ti piment variety grew naturally in the wild. Now it is grown in small plots and has not been crossed with other varieties.