Pepper is a Fruit?!

We learned so much about pepper yesterday!  Wow, I've never given much thought to the spice that flavors so much of our food but luckily with some time to kill in the small town of Kep, Cambodia we got to go on a tour of the Sothy's Pepper Farm with our new friends Richie and Claire. 

Here are some of the fun facts:

-All pepper strains come from India

-There are four colors of pepper: black, green, red, and white

-Green is the newest, youngest pepper

Green and red peppers

Green and red peppers

-Black is green pepper after drying it in the sun

Black pepper

Black pepper

-Red is color the pepper turns after a long time on the vine

Red pepper

Red pepper

-White pepper results from boiling green pepper and then removing the shell

White pepper

White pepper

-Pepper grows as a vine and needs some protection from the shade

-You cannot harvest pepper until the vine is 4 years old

-White pepper is for fishes, red pepper for meats, green pepper for seafood, and black pepper is for everything!

-They really do not recommend mixing peppers as it takes a lot of fingers to sort it all out to begin with and each pepper has a unique flavor that is specific for certain foods.

Here are some other photos from around the pepper farm.  The owner is entirely off the grid, using solar and wind power for all of his electricity.  It was a fun activity and half the adventure was riding our motorbike all over the countryside and seeing things at our own pace.