Wild Pepper Isle is located in the beautiful Palawa land, Tasmania, in southern Australia. In recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, we acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and their continuing connection to land, sea, waterways, sky and culture. We pay our respects to all Tasmanian Aboriginal communities, and their Elders past and present.
We hand-forage native pepperberry and Kunzea from carefully selected and managed locations around Tasmania, to bring you genuinely Tasmanian bushfood flavours! Both of these spices are a perfect addition to your meals when you want something a little bit different – an experience of the Tasmanian wilderness.
Our vision is to share Tasmanian bushfood with the rest of Australia
And showcase the unique range of flavours and aromas that our native plants have to offer!
We are living in a globalised world, often eating imported food that we know nothing about. For us it is important that we know the origins of the food we eat. We believe that food should be sustainably and ethically sourced, with minimal food miles and environmentally neutral packaging. So it brings us great pleasure to be able to offer locally sourced (and superior!) alternatives to imported foods! We believe that real food is connected to country and has a provenance story to tell.
Sustainability of our harvest operations is of utmost importance to us. We harvest from our own property in the Southern Midlands, as well as by agreement with other property owners predominantly in northern Tasmania. We manage our harvest sites with a long-term future in mind.
Wild harvest vs orchard production
Tasmanian pepperberry is a scarce commodity. The industry is dependent upon wild harvest at present and will continue to be so for some time yet.
Wild communities of pepperberry are highly susceptible to climatic and environmental variations, and thus fruiting varies considerably between years. The transition to orchard production, whilst a long-term process, is the best way to ensure sustainability of supply and growth of the industry. We are doing what we can to assist in this transition. Read about our pepperberry propagation efforts on our wild harvest pepperberry page.
Other stuff we do
We have had a good deal of success whipping up our range of pepperberry preserves and teas – winning numerous awards at the Australian Fine Food Awards and Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards. Check them out on our online store.
In addition to pepperberry our preserves include a range of fruits including quince, crab apple, rosehips, plums and blackberries. All of these fruits have been either foraged or collected through an urban harvest project. You can’t get more local than Foraged fruits!