Cambodia’s famed Kampot pepper withers in scorching heatwave

Farmer Chhim Laem shakes his head as he walks between long rows of dead bushes, their brown leaves scorched by heat and drought that have devastated Cambodia’s famed Kampot pepper crop.

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Known for its intense floral flavor, Kampot pepper is prized by top chefs around the world and sells for up to $200 per kilo.

Nurtured for generations in two provinces in southwest Cambodia, the pepper industry survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge and decades of instability, but now faces the threat of extreme weather driven by climate change.

In full: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/235667/cambodias-famed-kampot-pepper-withers-in-scorching-heatwave

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