Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Pohnpei Pepper – Probably the Best in the World

 Pohnpei black pepper has been called the best black pepper in the world. This does not come from official sources, it is personal opinion of people who tried it. What could probably make it the best?

Conditions for growing black pepper is one possibility. Pepper vines need a lot of water to grow. And Pohnpei is one of the wettest places on Earth. Its high level of waterfall, warm temperature and high humidity suits pepper plants. It has been claimed that these conditions help to produce pepper which is high in sugar and volatile oils.

The way pepper is harvested could be another reason. It is hand harvested. The pepper berries are picked when they are fully grown but still green. This ensures that the right berries are picked during harvesting. This reminds me of certain coffee brands like Lavazza. The beans are handpicked, otherwise one ‘bad’ bean could ruin the taste of the whole batch. “One bad apple (pepper) spoils the bunch”.

While conditions for growing pepper is ideal in Pohnpei, there is limited supply. There are not many growers, perhaps just two commercial growers. There is a potential to increase supply, if farmers have a motivation and incentive to do so.

Flame Angel is promoting Pohnpei pepper, to create awareness among consumers and give consumers access to a gourmet product. This will also encourage farmers to increase production. This is needed in remote islands like Pohnpei which have limited income earning opportunities.

Flame Angel visited Pohnpei and met with local businesses, to find ways to secure a supply. Limited stock is now available for purchase online.

Pohnpei is a small producer. It will not compete with larger suppliers like Ethiopia, Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia and India. However the small quantities that it produces is of a premium quality.

The ordering process is not automated. Before placing an order, customers need to email and indicate how much pepper they are interested to purchase. We will then confirm availability from a local supplier and give the customer an indicative timeline when the pepper can be shipped. This is not the most seamless process for ordering but for now that is what it takes to get your hands on one of the best peppers in the world.


Here are selected reviews posted on Amazon:


Ray Taylor

World's best pepper

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 11, 2017

The world's best pepper. Period. It's expensive and difficult to buy, but worth the effort and expense. Penja, from Cameroon, is not quite as good, but still fantastic. Tellicherry and Malabar are quite good. We have sought Pohnpei pepper since visiting the area 35 years ago, but the Pohnpei government seems to be anti-farmer and interferes in every way with commerce.



Gourmet pepper

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 9, 2016

Verified Purchase

Aromatic, wonderful flavor. Not expensive and buying helps the economy of a relatively small island.


Jerome Wendt

Best in the world

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 21, 2019

I, too, discovered (then) Ponape (now) Pohnpei pepper back when I visited Micronesia in the 70's . The island plantation was active then but fell into neglect and legal hardships with the new Federation. Till recently only Coconut Villa in Guam could get it, but I thankfully see there is now this reliable source. This, like others say, is the best in the world. It has a sweet nuance that adds to any culinary creation. It has none of the heat of the Ecuador Talamanca or the Indonesian Lampong nor the full fruited body of the Indian Tellicherry or Malabar, but a unique flavor all its own. It is so worth seeking it out.


To order Pohnpei Black Pepper visit Flame Angel

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Noni – Bitter, Stinky but Good

  Noni, or morinda citrifolia, is a fruit-bearing tree, native across Southeast Asia and Australasia. It is also widely found in the Pacific Islands. Noni is considered a superfruit, containing over 170 vitamins and nutrients.


Noni has been used for thousands of years to cure various ailments in the body. Noni’s benefits are too many to list, including antioxidant, immune booster, and promoting skin health. The whole tree is useful, not just the noni fruit.

While noni is a superfruit, its downside is that it is bitter with a stinky cheese aroma. It may not appeal to everyone in its raw state. There is good news, there are other ways to get noni’s benefits.

The range of products made from noni include juice, tea, haircare and skincare products.

Kingfisher’s Noni in Saipan, as the name suggests, has been producing handmade all natural products using noni and other local ingredients for over a decade. Products they make include haircare and skincare products, as well as noni juice and noni tea. Kingfisher’s Noni was born because of the founder, Mihwa Kim’s search for natural products suitable for sensitive skin. This led to her discovering noni. Kingfisher’s Noni uses noni, coconut oil, moringa, basil, lemongrass and other local ingredients in its products.

To market its products online, Kingfisher’s Noni has listed its products on Flame Angel’s online marketplace. According to Mihwa, “before the pandemic, walk-in customers accounted for the bulk of sales from our Made in Saipan gift store. Sales plummeted when the pandemic started. There was less work for our staff and suppliers. It was depressing to see. This prompted us to look into ways to diversify our sales and marketing channels. Online marketing was identified as priority.”

About Flame Angel. There are many creative products in Micronesia. Many products are unknown. Flame Angel is helping entrepreneurs to showcase their creations. We travel the islands in search of their unique treasures. We want to make it easy for you to explore and experience the unique culture of Micronesia, while supporting local entrepreneurs. From local artisan crafts to all natural skincare products, get a unique glimpse into the culture and craftsmanship of this remote and idyllic corner of the world. Get ready to experience paradise – feel the sun on your skin, smell the ocean breeze in your hair, and enjoy the warmth of the sand beneath your feet! 

Friday, March 10, 2023

Pohnpei Pepper: the Worlds Best

        Spice up your life with the world's best black pepper! 

       Lovingly hand-harvested in Pohnpei, Micronesia, this gourmet product has been rated as 'the best' by 75% of reviewers on Amazon and 'wonderful' by the remaining 25%. All 4 reviewers can't all be wrong! 

       Add a unique flavor to your favorite dishes, and be sure to get it while supplies last! With Pohnpei black pepper, you won't have to worry about bland food ever again.       

      For more information visit Flame Angel

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