When you open this page you will hear an audio interview with Rudy from ABC Tasmanian Country Hour.

  • Tasmanian Pepperberries, Great Taste The leaf
    The leaves are attached by a very
    small (2–4 mm), thick, red leaf stalk
    without small leaf like outgrowths (stipules)
    at its base.
    The thick, narrow leaves are lance-shaped
    with smooth edges and a pointed tip, and
    taper gradually at the leaf base.
  • pepperman inspecting pepper leaf The Flower
    The flowers are small, yellowy or creamy white.
    Each flower arises from the axil of a bud scale,
    forming bunches of eight to ten flowers that look
    like a small terminal umbel.
    The flowers are 1–2 cm in diameter and supported
    by short stalks (5–15 mm).
  • Pepperman inspecting small trees Male or Female
    There are two to three outer leaf-like petals
    (sepals), 5 mm long, which are joined and quickly
    shed after the bud splits open.
    The four to eight strap-shaped inner petals are
    5–7 mm long. There are 20–25 stamens in the
    male flowers (which are noticeably larger
    than the female flowers) and one carpel in the
    female flowers.
  • pepperman looking at berries on tree The Berries
    The fruit is Berry-like, about the sizeof a pea
    (5–8 mm in diameter in the bush, some of ours grow
    up to 12mm in diameter),shiny, dark red,turning
    black when ripe, and contains numerous
    (10–18) seeds. We only use the fully ripened
    berries for our whole and cracked pepper range.

Welcome to The Pepperman (Natone) Website

The Pepperman, Rudy and Jan Visser started collecting Tasmanian Bush peppers (Tasmanian lanceolata) around the Natone area on the North West Coast of Tasmania in 2008. Tasmania's North West Coast is known as one of the greenest places on earth where the cleanest air in the world is sampled and recorded (the winds bring the air from Antarctica).

After the first year for collecting and studying the leaves and large fruit of the native black pepper tree in the bush he trialled growing some young pepper trees on a small acreage again in the Natone area. Today Rudy is known in the area as a person with a great amount of knowledge on the Tasmanian Rainforest pepperberry tree. He is currently expanding his orchard by using his highest yielding trees as his new stock.

Pepper tree leaf bunch of pepper berries on tree

He trying to achieve a much faster growing tree where in their third year they will be producing more larger pepperberries. At the moment he has a few fast growing trees that produce very large amounts of extremely large quality berries (up to 12mm in size) Now he will use this existing stock to produce the tree that will increase his existing production levels.

Latest News

1 March 2012

A Bad 2012 Season

The pepperberrie trees have low yealds this year due to late frosts. Rudy's trees have only provided 50% of last years crop, for this reason stock could run low this year and early next year.

Latest News

12 March 2012

Inspected Trees in Bush

Rudy has inspected a few Tasmanian pepper berry trees in the wild (bush) to compare with his orchard grown trees over the last few weeks and has found that there seems to be no fruit (berries) on these trees this year, it has also been put down to the late frosts in the areas.

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