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Sarawak Pepper

Sarawak pepper
pepper shoots

Pepper is a highly-traded commodity in Sarawak. The Malaysian Pepper Board in Sibu is the second largest in Sarawak, second after Kuching.

Sarawak pepper
pepper plant

Sarawak pepper
lab technician, Bage Sedai, shows how to cut a stem for replanting

Pepper, which was originally from India, underwent systematic planting in 1875 under Rajah Charles Brooke. The pepper here is now exported to New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Philippines, Japan, North America, and soon, Eastern Europe.

Sarawak pepper
this is the stem

Sarawak pepper
pepper berries

Pepper, which is from the ‘sireh’ (piper) family, is planted in hilly grounds because it is easy for it to get root disease due to retention of water in low lying areas.

Sarawak pepper
pepper sourced from local farmers

Sarawak pepper
black & white pepper

The function of the Malaysian Pepper Board is to create a market for local pepper farmers, by acquiring all the processed pepper berries from them. These pepper, both white and black, will be graded according to species and quality, and then resold or exported. They are packed in 20 – 25kg craft paper bags.

Sarawak pepper
steam treatment plant

Sarawak pepper
another process

The prices of white and black pepper fluctuate daily. However, with the Pepper Board, at least the local farmers have a ready buyer for their produces. Pepper season is from May to August, and the yield depends on weather, maintenance and fertiliser.

Sarawak pepper
feeding hopper

Sarawak pepper
wet processing machine

All pepper plants produce berries of what we know as black pepper. To get white pepper, one has to soak black pepper berries in water for about two weeks, so that the pericarp (or outer layer), comes off.

Sarawak pepper
graded and ready for export

Sarawak pepper
various pepper products under SaraSpice

These days, pepper is not only a spice. It has also been made into various products including pepper sweets and perfume. The Malaysian Pepper Board markets pepper products under the brand name SaraSpice.

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22 thoughts on “Sarawak Pepper

  1. Emily, nice MPB warehouse pics you got there. Do you have some pepper pics on the farm? It would be great to compliment this article.

  2. I will be in Kuching on 06-09 Dec 2014. Iwant to buy many packets of white/black pepper powder and berries as gifts. Packing in 500gm and 1000gm packets. Pls advise Sara spice outlets in kuching. Thanks.

  3. hi,
    am looking for black pepper supplier from sarawak…!
    want to buy on regular basis please if someone have contact refer me please
    my contact number is 01123232742 also can contact through whats app


    Best Regards,

  4. Wish to have a factory visit for 9 persons on 14th or 15th of Dec 2015. Please confirm and let us hv more details. Pls let us have your contact no. Thank you

  5. Hi there

    I am also interested for a pepper supplier from sarawak.
    Emily the link of the pepper board does not work, have they changed adresse?



  7. Hi all,

    We are a local Sarawakian company exporting Grade A Sarawak pepper globally. Our peppers are collected from the farmers where we processed it till a pathogen free, definitely safe for consumption and accredited with CODEX and HACCP.

    Why buy from us?
    As we are a direct local supplier, we emphasize on the quality and originality not to mention we are providing a competitive price.

    For further information, please contact me, Jimmy at +6011-12629389 or email me at jimmyjong@sarawakpeppersupplier.org.

    Ps: our website is under the processed of upgrading. Apology in advance for the inconvenience.

  8. Hi Andreas,

    May i interest you with our Sarawak pepper quotation?

    We are a local Sarawakian supplier or exporter for Grade A pepper product. Enquire with us for any reason pertaining to the supply of Sarawak pepper.

    I can be contactable via phone +6011-12629388 (whatsapp ready) or email me at jimmyjong@sarawakpeppersupplier.org.


  9. Hello my name is sooraj from sudarshana importers india
    We looking to import both black n white pepper in bulk
    Our estimated import quantity
    500 to 1000 tons every year
    If genues exporters from miri and other places from malaysia kindly contact us through whatsup

    Thank you

  10. We’re planting 10acres of pepper and another 50acre on the plan. Looking for sincere direct buyer local or overseas.

    BH Lee
    017 9481512

  11. Hi,

    We’re local supplier of Sarawak Pepper in Kuching. We’re looking for local n overseas direct buyer.


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