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Botanical Name: Schinus terebinthifolius Origin: Brazil
Pink peppercorns come from a different plant species than black, white, and green peppercorns. Schinus terebinthifolius is a sprawling shrub, native to subtropical and tropical regions of South America. Pink peppercorn is recognized for its uncommonly tart and somewhat fruity flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Pink pepper is a wonderful compliment to fruit sauces, vinaigrettes, and herbal syrups.
The pink peppercorn comes from a sprawling shrub that can grow quite large if the conditions are optimal. It has vine like branches with small white flowers and small pinkish red berries. It is native to tropical and sub-tropical climates like South America, the Caribbean, Africa and many islands in the Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to Florida in the 1840's and has since become classified as a pest by the Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC). The berries are not true peppercorns but are most often used as an exotic pepper substitute, and it may be found blended in conjuncture with other types of peppercorns in what is known as a Rainbow Pepper Blend. When eaten by themselves they have an almost tart taste with a slight sweet aftertaste.
The pink peppercorn can be used in the same fashion as any peppercorn and goes particularly well with vegetables and some proteins. Schinus terebinthifolius is a member of the Anacardiaceae family. The sweet and spicy flavor has become a recent favorite of chefs all over the world. Its taste is often described as a fruity, making it a wonderful complement for fruit sauces, vinaigrettes, and even desserts. It has also been used as an ingredient in some Chilean wines, and as a flavoring in syrups. It should not be confused with its close relative, Schinus molle, which is poisonous.
Packaging Our bottled organic whole pink peppercorns are packaged in a clear glass bottle with a built-in grinder top. 4 oz. and 1 lb. peppercorns are packaged in clear resealable plastic bags.
Precautions Consumption of the fruit should not exceed small amounts for use as a spice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.