Peppercorns are berries that grow on a flowering vine, are removed, dried and then used as a spice or seasoning. Green pepper, like black, is made from the unripe drupes. Peppercorns and the ground pepper derived from them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (ripe fruit seeds).
Fresh, unpreserved green peppercorn drupes, largely unknown in the West, are used in some Asian cuisines, particularly Thai cuisine.
The spiciness of green peppercorn is due to the chemical piperine, not to be confused with the capsaicin characteristic of chili peppers. Their flavor has been described as spicy and fresh, with a bright aroma.
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To purchase a grinder to grind your peppercorns, please visit our kitchenware section. We have large and small grinders that you can purchase empty, or purchase pre-filled with your choice of peppercorns and salts.