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Sela pepper comes from the Tbong Khmum Province in Cambodia, adjacent to the western border of Vietnam. Pol Pot and the murderous Khmer Rouge arrived in the 1970s and dictated that the pepper farmers of southwest Cambodia grow rice. The pepper farms withered, and farmers were relocated. Many died — along with as many as 2 million other Cambodians. After the Khmer Rouge lost power, pepper growing resumed and growing in this region began in 1992 when migrant farmers came from their native Kampot province to resettle and start new farms using seeds from their native region.
Sela Black Pepper is one of our spiciest peppercorns. It produces a strong heat, but backs it up with a pungent orange-camphor aroma.