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.
- 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.