which became popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, add an interesting color and
a slightly fruity sharpness to foods. Frontier’s green peppercorns,
from India, are sold whole. To use, soak the dried peppercorns in hot water
for five minutes, then add to meat sauce or ground meat dishes, steaks, pork
chops, duck, or salad dressings. Or mash with butter to serve on vegetables.
it has a subtler, less biting flavor, white pepper can be used a bit more
freely than black. Frontier’s
white pepper is Muntok pepper, from the Malaysian island of Bangha. It
has a deep, rich flavor and aroma and is available whole and ground. In the
U.S., we use much more black pepper than white, but European cooks—who
like to flavor white sauces and other light-colored dishes with it—prefer
white. Fish, chicken and potato dishes are good white pepper candidates.
Whole white peppercorns are good for marinades or pickles, and combined with
black peppercorns in a mill. Use it a bit more liberally than black pepper:
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per four servings of a dish, for starters.
Here's a Pot
Roast recipe that celebrates black, green, and white peppercorns as
Non Piper-Nigrum Peppers
As you've no doubt gathered by now, not all peppers come from the Piper nigrum
Cubeb pepper, for example, comes from the Piper cubeba plant. The dry, somewhat
bitter, pungent taste of the cubeb has a woody, pine-like overtone. Ours
comes from Indonesia.
Also from Indonesia, our long pepper—from the Piper longum plant—is
more pungent than black pepper, with a hint of sweetness. You'll find
its fire enhancing Ethiopian cuisine and some Berbere blends.
Grown in China, our gourmet Sichuan (or Szechuan) has a warm, lemony/woodsy,
intense flavor. Try it in place of black pepper on fish, poultry, and vegetables.
It comes from the Zanthoxylum piperitum plant.
Pink peppercorns are also very decorative when combined with other peppercorns in a clear mill. Pink peppercorns are a gourmet item in French cooking, where they are used for their sweet, piquant peppery flavor and lovely color. These dried, ripe berries come from the South American Schinus terebinthifolius plant, and are completely unrelated to the black pepper plant.
Gourmet Pepper Blends
There are also gourmet blends—intriguing combinations of peppery tastes
and eye-catching colors. Blends often combine black, white and green peppercorns.
Frontier sells a variety of pepper blends, such as: Exotic Peppercorn Blend—a
unique blend of our gourmet cubeb, grains of paradise, and black and pink
peppercorns; and Smoked Peppercorn Blend, our distinctive blend of smoked
black peppercorns with white and green peppercorns.
Experimenting with different pepper varieties inspires a new appreciation
of this everyday spice. Some 4,000 years ago, black pepper was carried in caravans
half way around the world over treacherous terrain. Today’s cooks can
readily find it for pennies an ounce, in various grinds and colors. Start your
quest today for your favorite new ways to pepper your life with these intriguing
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