Pink Pepper, from Madagascar
Product Label: Pink Pepper
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Pink Pepper, from Madagascar
Pink Pepper, from Madagascar
Pink Pepper, from Madagascar

Pink Pepper, from Madagascar

Schinus terebinthifolia

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Did You know? Pink peppercorns aren't actually a peppercorn. They are dried berries; however, they are similar to peppercorns in shape and flavour. 

It has a papery pink skin that encloses a smaller seed, delivering a delicate, lingering heat with a touch of sweetness. It has a similar flavour to black peppercorns, but they’re milder, slightly sweet and very fruity. They’re also great for adding colour to your dishes.

Pink pepper contains pinene, which is used as a natural insect-repellent, found in conifers, citrus fruit peels, and even cannabis.

These peppercorns go especially well with fruit sauces, in vinaigrette, and desserts. Add pink pepper to your dishes for a colorful elegant appearance and a delicate and fragrant hint of spice.

  • Warning: If you are allergic to tree nuts, pink peppercorns are related to cashews and can cause anaphylactic reaction. Pink peppercorns can also be toxic when used in large quantities.

What Does It Taste Like?

Its flavour is closer to chilis than black pepper; it is not as strong as black pepper and is much brighter and fruitier. Pink peppercorns have a stunning color and a very mild, sweet flavour.

How Is It Used?

You can use them with curries, or substitute black pepper with them to entice your favourite recipes. Or simply give your cheese platter some pink color, since they are so delicate you can nibble them whole as a snack.

Pink peppercorns aren't actually a peppercorn! They are dried berries of the plant Schinus molle; however, they are similar to peppercorns in shape and flavour. Schinus Molle is a small evergreen tree with aromatic leaves and clusters of pink fruit. 

Pink pepper is considered as a natural remedy for its antiseptic, disinfectant and diuretic properties. They are also packed with anthocyanins which possess antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects, anthocyanins. In addition to all of the that, pink peppercorns are chewed as a simple remedy for colds, coughs and asthma.

Wow! That's Interesting: The essential oil of the pink pepper fruit was found to have 100% efficiency against adult fleas. Such as Ctenocephalides felis felis, which is among the most common species that affects furry pets.

When using pink pepper you should not use a pepper mill, just crush them with a knife or a spice grinder as they break so easily. Make sure to add the peppercorns towards the end when using high heat or a long cooking time, or they will lose their flavour.

Warning: If you are allergic to tree nuts, pink peppercorns are related to cashews and can cause anaphylactic reaction. Pink peppercorns can also be toxic when used in large quantities.

They are slightly sweet and mild in spiciness, making them a great addition to butter-based sauces, salads, seafoods, dressings, and poultry dishes. And pink pepper would definitely add a bright and fruity flavour to your next dessert recipe. 

Popular Dishes:

  • Savory: Used to flavour fish recipes, risotto, meats, as well as vinegars and wines.
  • Sweets: Pink Peppercorn Panna Cotta with Macerated Cherries, Chocolate Pots De Creme with Pink Peppercorns and Himalayan Sea Salt, Pink Peppercorn Sugar & Spice Cookies.

      Store whole peppercorns in a sealed container in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat to preserve flavour.