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Timiz pepper grows in the wild in the Ethiopian forests at altitudes of between 650m and 2,250m.

Part of the Piper capense botanical species, Timiz pepper flowers in August. In Afrikaans, it's called "wildepeper" or "Bospeper". Timiz pepper is used in African cooking as a substitute for pepper (Piper nigrum). The Manjo endogamous caste, renowned for their knowledge of the wild, were the only ones to pick this pepper and use it in their pharmacopoeia as early as the 14th century. They had unique knowledge of the morphology of the Piper capense plant which was key to picking the right variety.
This knowledge is still handed down among the Manjo today. After the annual harvest, the Timiz pepper is dried traditionally, on the hearth of local tukul homes, built out of eucalyptus wood and bamboo and enset fibres. This is what gives it its smoky aroma.