We use it everyday. It’s the world’s most popular spice- yes beating salt! It speeds up the metabolism and jzooshes up those yummy kitchen creations. Pepper is a berry grown in grapelike clusters on the pepper plant (a climbing vine native to India and Indonesia). So, let’s find out more about the spicy little number that is pepper…

The pepper berry is processed to produce three basic types: black, white, and green.

Black Pepper is the most common; when picked, the berry is not quite ripe, then it’s dried until it shrivels and the skin turns dark brown to black.

Black is the strongest (slightly hot with a hint of sweetness) flavour of the three. Tellicherry and Lampong are among the best black peppercorns.

White peppercorn, less pungent, has been allowed to ripen, then the skin is removed and the berry dried. White peppercorns are smaller, have a smoother skin and a light-tan color with a milder flavour.

The green peppercorn is the soft, under-ripe berry that is usually preserved in brine. It has a fresh flavour that is less pungent than the berry in its other forms.

Pepper Ethnicity: India, Indonesia Ingredient

Pepper Season: available year-round

How to select: Black and white are available whole, cracked, and ground. Green peppercorns are packed in brine and are available in jars and cans.

How to store: Whole: store in a cool, dark place for about a year. Ground will keep its flavor for about four months. Green peppercorns packed in brine should be refrigerated once opened and will keep for 1 month; packed in water will keep for a week.

How to prepare: Whole peppercorns freshly ground with a pepper mill deliver more flavor than preground.

Pepper matches well with: cheese, eggs, fish, game, lamb, pork, poultry, salad, sausages, soup, steaks, strawberries, tomatoes, veal. Well, like everything savoury

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