Pink Pepper

Pink pepper are the ripe berries of the Brazilian pepper tree, but are not a true peppercorns (genus Piper). Since they are the same shape and size as true peppercorns, they are marketed under the name “pink peppercorn.” They are used as a spice and have a lighter pepper-like taste. The trees are ornamental and are found in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. Pink peppercorn comes from Baies Rose plant.

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The scientific name for this plant is Shinus molle. Pink pepper pair well with seafood and in light sauces due to their pretty color and light taste. Unrelated to actual peppercorns, pink peppercorns originated in Peru, where they had a heavy influence on the local cuisine and culture.They are not solid like black pepper, they are light and fluffy, almost hollow. They may give you trouble alone in a grinder as they are smooth and don’t always have enough weight to engage in the mechanism. You might try adjusting the grind to a more coarse setting. Mixed with other peppercorns they do well, and they are easy enough to crush by hand.

Pink Peppercorns can also be added whole to a dish, adding a spark of color and heat. Pinkpepper have a citrus flavor and are more fragrant. They go well with fruit and in desserts and also can be added to other peppercorns for color as a ground pepper blend. Their heat and fruity aroma make them suitable for a wider variety of dishes.pink peppercorns are feisty and flavorful champions of variety.

Their delicate fruitiness can be a revelation to those who’ve only had black pepper before. These spicy, dried berries possess a deeper, more rounded pepperiness than the brash piper nigrum. Pink pepper lend foods a different kind of heat, closer to chiles than black pepper. They have the same peppery bite, but it’s wrapped in a sweet fruity flavor reminiscent of a berry with an attitude. The peppercorns have a thin, fragile skin that can easily be rubbed off (a great lightly-flavored colorful garnish for fish or chicken). They commonly used as an ingredient for desserts, perfumes, cosmetics and some kind of beer etc.

Culinary uses

Pink pepper is slightly spicy, and has a typical sweet-resinous aroma. Its berries should be used sparingly, as it can be slightly toxic. Pinkpepper is used to flavor fish recipes, risotto, meats, bakery and cakes, vinegars, wines. The mixture “Creole” is composed of black pepper, white pepper, green pepper and Pink pepper. It is often used to decorate dishes.

Medicinal uses

Pink pepper, like pepper cubebe, is a great natural remedy for its diuretic, antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
 It is used in case of rheumatism, menstrual spasm, bronchitis, urinary system infections.
 It is chewed as a simple remedy for colds, coughs and asthma in its country of origin.

Pink Pepper Interesting Facts:

Here are some interesting facts about this spice-

  • ‘Wari tribe’ in the Amazon forest drinks Pink Peppercorn beer as a mark of their tribe.
  • It is known to have numerous medical properties.
  • It is a common ingredient in some Chilean wines.
  • If pepper is cooked for more than two hours, it loses the aroma and flavor completely.

 

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