BoTree is a family owned seasoning company that produces 100% organic, single-s0urce kampot pepper and fleur de sel
The strong winds, rich mineral soil, and life-giving river make Kampot not only a special place to be, but the perfect terroir to grow exquisite Kampot Pepper - the only pepper in the world to receive Protected Geographic Indication (link to blog post) status.
BoTree is co-owned by two brothers-in-law (one in Cambodia, and one in Scotland) and represents the fulfillment of a mutual dream. Christopher and Peter are seasoning and food pairing experts who love sharing the story of Kampot Pepper - its complicated history and the seasoning renaissance unfolding today.
While professional chefs know that perfect seasoning takes food to the next level, BoTree aims to expand this knowledge to every kitchen.
Ethical & sustainable
BoTree is committed to honouring the rich legacy of Kampot Pepper and those who have farmed it for generations by being responsible stewards of the environment, ethical employers, and contributing members of the Kampot community.
We currently employ over 20 workers - many of whom are family members on the Khmer side, who receive free lodging and food as well as higher than average salaries for the sector. BoTree supports the building of local schools and additionally donates 10% of all profits to the Cambodian Children's Fund (link).
Guaranteed quality (Put this elsewhere on website?)
Because all of the Kampot Pepper we sell comes from our family farm, we are able to guarantee 100% organic status. We hand-sort each batch with love and a keen eye for meeting stringent standards (link to video). The best pepper is freeze-dried for ultimate freshness, and sent from the farm to our family home in Scotland, where it is sold across the UK and beyond.
We love tasting how the right seasonings can transform food, and sharing that experience with people who love to cook and eat. While professional chefs know the difference quality seasonings make in overall taste, we see a public ripe for this knowledge.
We are passionate purveyors of Kampot Pepper because we believe it’s the world’s best pepper, and the heritage is unlike any other. With records of regional pepper dating back to the 13th century, by the early 20th century the pepper industry was exporting over 8,000 tonnes of pepper, favoured in particular by French restaurants. But during the Khmer Rouge era, the century-old pepper industry was labeled a luxury crop and destroyed.
Today, a renaissance continues to take place, sustained by traditional farming wisdom passed down through generations. Buying Kampot Pepper supports Cambodia investing again in its finest produce, and only crop export. We honour this legacy through our commitment to being ethical employers, stewards of the earth, and members of the Kampot community.