Pink Peppercorn


Pink Peppercorns add a unique, feisty flavor all their own, full of mildly spicy, fruity flavors with slight floral tones. Substitute them for some (or even all) of the black pepper in a recipe to add extra dimension.

Pink peppercorns are not related to actual peppercorns. They are the fruit of the Brazilian pepper tree and are grown in South America. These pink berries are soft and delicate with a papery, brittle shell.

They have a fruity flavour that is slightly resinous, similar to juniper berries. Pink peppercorns go well with fish, seafood and poultry as well as fatty, gamey meats like duck or venison.

Despite their peppery flavor and resemblance to black peppercorns, pink peppercorns are not true peppercorns but the dried berries of Schinus molle, commonly known as the Peruvian peppertree. They are prized for their fruity, floral aroma and spicy flavor. Pink Peppercorns grow on large, shambling shrubs originally native to Peru. They are handpicked when ripe, then dried. Pink Peppercorns are generally cracked, crushed or ground before use in much the same manner as true peppercorns.

 The tiny, rose-hued dried berries are highly aromatic and boast a delicate, floral undertone to their peppery flavor. They also impart a lovely color to food. They are often sold as part of a peppercorn blend, but their unique flavor shines through best when used on their own. They can be used as a garnish or part of a rub for meat, and are also a popular seasoning for vinaigrettes and light cream sauces to accompany poultry, game or fish.

* Can be added whole, crushed or ground to recipes in place of pepper
* Use to create sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes and creamy salad dressings
* Roll pork tenderloin or filet mignon in coarsely ground Pink Peppercorns before roasting or grilling for a crust as stunningly pretty as it is flavorful

Photo: This classic DIY pickle recipe gets an unexpected punch of bold flavor from our spicy Pink Peppercorns, and can be adjusted to suit your preferences. Add dried garlic for an extra savory component, or try using one of our peppercorn blends for an interesting twist.