The Amrit Kunja Organic Permaculture Farm (A.K.O.P.F) was started 1987 by my parents Surya Mohan Bastola and Sita Devi
Bastola. We are the first black pepper producing farm in the Western Development Region, Nepal.Besides being a highly renowned cooking spice, organic pepper has a multitude of medicinal benefits. The Black Pepper or Piper Nigrum plant of the family Piperaceae is a perennial vine and climber that requires supporting trees or pole to grow. In our farm, you will witness hundreds of black pepper vines climbing their way up the variety of trees in a harmonious symbiosis. We preserve more than 600 types of medicinal plants, herbs, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and our farm is spread over many acres land. Our black pepper crop is the largest producer and most important crop at our farm. We produce around 200 kg of organic black pepper every year which is sold at a local market. It is widely used as a spice and as a medicine all around the world. The pepper plant begins producing small round berries after about three years of plantation. It can reach heights of many meters with its aerial roots. Its flowers are slender with dense spikes and has about 50 blossoms each. The fruits are green and when they begin to turn red the black pepper is ready to harvest. They are then spread out to dry in the sun for a couple of days. Black pepper has disease preventing and health promoting properties. Black pepper has a significant role in fighting fat deposition, has an anti cancer effect, anti oxidation effect and anti bacterial activity among other benefits. For anyone wishing to learn more about Black Pepper, natural organic permaculture farming, medicinal plants, Nepali language and culture, the best Nepali cooking, and just life in general, then then we welcome those to visit our organic farm.