Don’t let the name fool you! This unique spice is a dried berry.
Here are 5 Interesting Pink Peppercorn Facts
- Pink Peppercorns are not peppercorns. The pink peppercorn is actually not a peppercorn. It is a pink berry that comes from the Brazilian Pepper Tree or the Peruvian Pepper tree. They are called peppercorns because they are similar in size to other peppercorns, (white or black) and have a peppery flavor.
- Pink Peppercorns are native to native to South America. They grow well in hot, wet climates.
- Pink Peppercorns work well in both savory and sweet recipes. They have a similar peppery flavor to black pepper but because the pink peppercorn is a berry, it also offers a sweet, fruity flavor.
- Pink Peppercorns are light and concave. They are not solid and hard like the black peppercorn. The pink peppercorn is lighter and more hollow than real peppercorns. For this reason, when mixed with a peppercorn medley in a grinder, make sure to use a grinder with a coarse setting.
- Pink Peppercorns are susceptible to heat. Make sure to add these towards the end when using high heat or a long cooking time for your recipe, or they will lose their flavor.