Strawberries with Lime and Long Pepper Syrup

Here is a very simple idea taken from BBC GoodFood magazine to enhance the flavours of strawberries with syrup. Just one of those clever little twists. The not-so-pretty- long black peppers have a fiery heat backed up with substantial citrussy and sweet mixed spices notes.

The recipe suggests to serve the hot syrup with coconut ice cream. Yummm! Shame I had none at home. So I went down the meringue road.

Strawberries with long peppers and lime syrup

Strawberries with long peppers and lime syrup

You should be able to find long peppers in spice shops or or try online websites such as .

Comparing the long peppers with normal pepper corns.

Comparing the long peppers with normal peppercorns.


  • 2 limes 
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 5 medium-sized long peppercorns, one crushed and rest left whole ( or use 2 tbp crushed black peppercorns)
  • 450g ripe strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, pare the zest from 1 lime in long strips. Shave away any white pith (if there is any) from the back of the zest (this can make them bitter). 
  2. Put the zest in a medium pan. Squeeze both of limes and add the juice to the pan with 3 tbs water, the sugar and the crushed and whole peppercorns.
  3. Heat gently until dissolves, boil then take off the heat.
  4. Spread the strawberries in a dish, then pour over the hot syrup and allow to cool.  As this happens the syrup will becomes rosy pink.
  5. Serve at room temperature with a scoop of coconut ice cream. ( I served it with meringue and cream).

The little bite from heaven!

The little funky flavoured bite from heaven!

Thanks for looking and come back soon!


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18 thoughts on “Strawberries with Lime and Long Pepper Syrup

  1. Yum! I love strawberries. This looks so pretty, light and delicious!

  2. Beautiful, I love long peppers, but never thought to use with the berries. I have to try this. It’s so elegant and light, just perfect.

    • I had bought these long peppers months ago in Dubai. Been desperate to use them in something. When I saw this recipe I was like “oh yes!’. Do you just use them as you use normal peppercorns?

      • I have some that I used in a bloody mary it was for a recipe contest I entered. They have such a distinct flavor I don’t use them in very many dishes, which is why I leaped for joy when I saw yours. I never would have thought to use them with berries but it’s brilliant,

  3. Very nice! I often have strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and white pepper; but this long pepper version sounds very nice!

  4. Ermmm balsamic and white pepper. Haven’t tried it before, sounds like my kind of thing- I am intrigued Darya!

  5. I’ve never heard of long peppers before. Love black peppercorns so I’m sure to like the other. I do love fresh strawberries cooked in syrup.

  6. I only discovered them a few months back myself. I was like : “Eh!? How come in the last 30 years of my life not only I hadn’t seen long peppercorns but never heard of them neither!”

  7. Same here! Never heard of them. I imagine the sweet tart strawberries were great with a little pepper flavor. I have never heard of pouring a hot syrup over strawberries either. Wow! Your post is so educational today. Thanks! I am intrigued about the pepper flavor with strawberries. Without ordering them do you think peppercorns will work fine?

  8. Educational me? :). Cheers little white cottage! Well the recipe says if you don’t have long peppers use 2tsp of crushed peppercorns instead. (That’s if if you do not mind biting on crushed peppers in a sweet dish!) if I didn’t have long peppers I’d probably put about 3 tsp whole peppercorns but only add a few of them to the serving dish.

  9. Yum! Strawberries are the greatest! 🙂

  10. Fresh and simple dessert!

  11. I’ve been seeing a lot of strawberry and pepper combinations lately, but I’ve yet to try it! Sounds good, though, and I love your inclusion of lime.

    • Yes they are every where! I was mainly trying my new camera. But did enjoy the simple strawberries too. I think from now on I’ll make them this way ( until I run out of the long peppers I have!)

  12. Oh wow! Those strawberries on that meringue look divine! I’ve never heard, nor seen, long pepper! How interesting!

  13. What a refreshing dessert!

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