THE YUPANQUI FAMILY (PRIMUM FAMILIAE PIPER) Gourmet peppercorns
“YUPANQUI” is a Kichwa word, and means memorable, priceless or he who shines. Our Family originates in CUZCO and belongs to an INCA lineage of powerful agricultural traditions.
Almost 90 years ago, Japanese emigrants introduced ancient varieties of pepper in the Amazonic area. Several years later, our grandfather collected survivors of these first strains and developed a unique blend, transferred to the following generations.
Years passed being unable to be sustainable due to the constant “Guerrilla” threats, and it’s at 90’s end that the family finds a unique Terroir in EQUATOR‘S Cloud Forest. The grandfather’s strains as well as the Incan ancestral techniques are faithfully used until today.
For decades, the Family was exporting its pepper along with that of other producers without attracting attention, because when mixing, the quality was “acceptable” but not that special. In a twist of fate, everything changed… We realized the treasure we had when in Montreal, the prestigious “hunter of spices” Monsieur Philippe de Vienne tasted the Family harvest and was shocked. Monsieur de Vienne explained we had a fabulous pepper of “terroir”, world unique, and that we should strive to keep it that way, without contaminating it with that the other farmers ones.
Now, this precious treasure comes to live thanks to the help of prestigious Chefs, and passionate about the exquisite, for whom The Yupanqui Pepper, is definitely the world’s finest gourmet peppercorn.
“Using sustainable farming practices to grow the world’s best, highest quality single strand and single origin gourmet peppercorns”
The Yupanqui Pepper® is considerated the finest Peppercorn in the World, is an essential element in the culinary developments of both prestigious chefs and passionate about taste that seek to transfer sensory experiences of unique character to their respective guests.
A great loamy clay loam soil, where there were lot of savage tropical fruits so all their flavors and aromas are now impregnated in all our peppercorns.
We are located at 15 km of the Latitude CERO (-0.256565), in Manabi province, Ecuador, enjoying the special benefits of this exactly part of the earth
The perfect closeness of 95 km from the Pacific allows the sea breeze to bathe our plants night after night.
The human element is the key of our success, preceded by generations of farmers who have been moving their ancestral traditions to this day. The “Sonkoy”, interpreted as the lof for nature and for the person still remains both in us and in many of the descendants and we are very proud to apply them in our agricultural activities every day… we look for the moon, the wind, sun and other natural elements, part of the essentials to make our farming decisions
A special blend of the old varieties Lampong and Muntok and other arrivals to South America almost a century ago, blend that we call “Grandpa Lamptok”
After years of successes and failures we chose 2 tree types as tutors: “Spondias purpurea” and “Erythrina velutina”. They were planted more tan 21 years ago in our land and today we extract the perfect branches to achieve the simbiosis with the baby Yupanqui pepper plants. Both, the tree and the baby plant will become a single being at the turn of 2 years following this until the end of their days.
Our vines are oriented from east to west. We’ve an inclined slope of 20 to 30 degrees so all the sea breeze is perfectly received during nights…