Around the central and northern of Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang, VietnamOpening hours
All year round
Phu Quoc pepper plantation overview
Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its spice and heat, especially the red pepper. In Phu Quoc, farmers do not use chemical fertilizers but organic fertilizers and dry peppers under the sunlight instead of by machine as in other regions. There is approximately 385 ha of pepper plantations on Phu Quoc Island, mostly in the Cua Duong and Cua Can villages and Phu Quoc produces nearly 1,000 tons of pepper each year, as of 2014. During the main harvesting season running from February through to July, only ripe peppercorns are collected by hand and divided into 3 kinds: black pepper, red pepper and white pepper.
You’ll find pepper plantations mostly around the central and northern parts of the island and most farmers won’t mind you stopping to take photo’s or viewing these amazing storks of pepper trees or the drying pepper. Organised tours also visit the Khu Tuong pepper gardens for a close look at the pepper gardens and cover the overall harvesting and drying process.
Vietnam is the leading global exporter of Black peppercorns with the best quality black pepper in Vietnam coming from Phu Quoc with big solid corns. The main harvesting season running from February through to July, however you can visit the farms all year round.
Peppercorn farmers have been struggling recently due to lower world pepper prices so some farmers are switching to other crops such as the Myrtle fruit for wine production which bring in more money.
Duong Dong pepper farms
You do not need to travel far up north or south to visit Phu Quoc’s famous pepper farms. At the edge of town along 30 Thang 4 Street you will find 3 pepper farms which are open to tourists.