imperial rainbow blend contains generous amounts of all four colors of
peppercorns. The freshly ground peppercorn mixture provides a complex
pepper flavor and aroma. These mixes also look stunning in a glass
container or clear pepper mill.
A French blend is a mixture of green and black peppercorns, while a
European blend contains a mixture of white and black.
peppercorn plant belongs to the piperaceae plant family. It is a woody
evergreen vine that grows up to 11 yards tall and has dark green, broad,
somewhat oval shaped leaves. The plants use aerial roots to help them
cling to, and climb trees. Peppercorn plants have small white flowers that
bloom in clusters of up to 150 florets and hang down in a spike. These
flowers then ripen into the little berries that we know as peppercorns. It
takes several years for a young plant to flower and begin to produce fruit
(the peppercorns). Since peppercorn plants prefer hot, humid, tropical
environments, they are mostly produced in India, although production also
occurs in Indonesia, Brazil, and other tropical places. Black pepper often
takes on the name of the region where it is produced, or the port from
which it is exported. Malabar, Tellicherry, Singapore, Bangkok, Sarawak,
and Belém are common examples of this. Three different kinds of
peppercorns are produced by Piper nigrum: black, white, and green.
These peppercorns have a
slightly hotter flavor and help keep light colored dishes and sauces
aesthetically appealing. White peppercorns have a unique aroma that is
not only hot, but slightly musky. They are the preferred pepper in much
of the world. White pepper comes from the same species of plant as black
peppercorns, but has been allowed to fully ripen and has had the black
outer husks removed. See Piper nigrum above.
These peppercorns go especially well in sauces, on light
colored meats such as fish, and even in mashed potatoes.
These peppercorns have a
clean, sharp, but somewhat milder, fruity, or "green flavor". Green
peppercorns are immature black peppercorns that have been picked from
the peppercorn plants while still green and not fully ripe. They are
then steamed and quickly dehydrated. See Piper nigrum above.
These dehydrated green peppercorns go especially well
with very fresh or fruity tasting foods. They have a uniform light green
color with the characteristic aroma and pungent flavor of fresh green
pepper. Green peppercorns have important roles in French and Creole
cooking. Try them ground on salads, steamed vegetables, in salsas, and
These rare and sometimes
hard to find peppercorns come from France's Reunion Island off the
Madagascar coast in the Indian Ocean. They have a fruity, slightly tart
flavor, which goes especially well in fruit sauces, vinaigrette, and
desserts. Their flavor is reminiscent of a mixture of mild citrus zest and
sweet berries. Pink peppercorns have a rich pink color that adds an
attractive touch of color to foods.
These are not true "peppercorns", but a similar tasting
berry of the Baies Rose Plant, or pepper tree (Schinus molle) that
is a native of South America. The Baies Rose plant is a small tree that
has numerous compound leaves with slender, symmetric, leaflets on each
side of the leaf. The pink peppercorn plant, like its cousin the mango (Anacardiaceae
family), this plant can also cause allergies. Pink peppercorns have a
delicate, fragrant, sweet, and spicy flavor. These rare, little "berries"
also add a dash of color to your culinary creations! Pink peppercorns are
an ingredient in some Chilean wines and have numerous medical properties.
the Brazilian pepper tree is a closely related species whose berries are
also sold as pink peppercorns in some areas. This pink pepper plant,
like Sch. molle, is also a small tree when fully grown. The
biggest difference between it and Sch.molle are their
compound leaves. The Leaves of Sch. terebinthifolius have fewer
leaflets, are more stubby and rounded. This plant has an appearance
similar to that of holly and is used as a substitute for it. Schinus
terebinthifolius grows wildly in only a couple parts of the United
States, and its berries are almost identical to that of its close
relative Schinus molle.
***Beware of the rare potential of
rashes and allergies when handling or consuming very large
quantities of any variety of pink peppercorns.
Species':molle, terebinthifolius, aroeira
Peppercorns have a long
history of use as a condiment and a currency during human civilization.
Peppercorns were first used as a spice more than 4000 years ago and then
later as a type of "currency" to facilitate trade during the Middle Ages.
It was considered as valuable as gold since peppercorns have an extremely
long life. Pepper was the first spice used in Europe where it came to have
a great social and economic value.
Many explores and traders
(Including Christopher Columbus) risked their lives, and made some
significant discoveries, trying to find new trade routs to the Far East so
they could acquire peppercorns and other exotic spices. Even today, many
poor families in Asia often keep stashes of this prized spice as an
investment for a rainy day. Peppercorns are the most widely traded spice
in the world with Americans eating an average of over 1/4lb. per person
Cooking pepper for more
than two hours can cause it to lose its flavor and aroma completely!
Pepper acquires an
amplified flavor after food it is in has been frozen.
Pepper should be added to
cooked dishes toward the end of cooking to prevent creating a bitter
flavor that can occur when pepper is cooked for a long period of time.
Try lightly toasting
peppercorns in a dry frying pan before use to add a slightly nutty flavor.
Try adding pink pepper to
dishes and sauces to add color, or keep your light colored dishes and
sauces light with white peppercorns.
Wrap whole peppercorns in a
cheese cloth bag or tea ball for simmering in soups and stews.
Add to any savory dish, hot
or cold. Seafood to vegetarian fare, everything taste better with a little
bit of pepper!
Pepper mills grind a
small amount of fresh pepper, as needed. Most have a knob, or handle, at
the top that with a few easy turns grind a small amount of fresh pepper
from fine to coarse. If you do not already have a Pepper mill, they are
a worthwhile investment. Whether it is your average black pepper, or an
exciting multicolor blend, pepper is so much better when it is freshly
ground! YOU WILL NEVER GO WITHOUT IT AGAIN..!!
Pepper mills are
available from a wide variety of sources. In all seriousness, the
cheaper ones that are available at discount stores such as Wal-Mart
grind pepper adequately for most people's needs compared to the more
elaborate, elegant, and expensive mills. On the other hand, Zassenhaus
of Germany is a renowned manufacture of superior grinding mills, some
parts of their Pepper mills have a 10-year warranty! Mills such as these
will grind pepper uniformly at a variety of sizes, a necessity for any
chief, or serious cook's kitchen.
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