Anyone who knows the Azores and Azorean cuisine knows the vital role of “Pimenta da Terra” - a hometown condiment. It is a thick sauce of chili: Spicy, salty, always ready to season or accompany a fresh cheese “queijo fresco” as the start of a great meal. The peppers are large, meaty and spicy - and genuinely Azorean (Pimenta da Terra), as they are harvested in the Azores.
"Pimenta da Terra" is widely used in Azorean cuisine to add spice to dishes or an accompaniment with cheese and bread. "Pimenta da Terra" is a simple pleasure made with pepper and salt.
When chef Ming Tsai visited the Azores he quickly became a fan of "Pimenta da Terra" calling it "their version of sambal," an Eastern chili sauce