Pink Peppercorns Standard Jar - 28g details and description
Steenbergs Pink Peppercorns (also known as baie roses) are a small exotic berry traditionally from the Reunion Islands, but now also come from Brazil and Madagascar. The sweet delicate flavour and beautiful colour of these Steenbergs pink peppercorns will enhance any dish. Steenbergs pink peppercorns come from either Brazil or Reunion. Pink pepper has a sweet, warm, fresh and camphorous flavour and a sweet and pine-like aroma, coupled with a nice deep pinky-red colour. For the organic version, go to Steenbergs Organic Pink Peppercorns.
Pink pepper is a pseudo-pepper, i.e. not part of the pepper family, coming from two members of the Schinus family of trees, but most comes from Schinus terebinthifolius. originally native to Brazil and Peru, Schinus terebinthifolius is now grown in many countries, including the Island of Reunion. Pink peppercorn trees grow to between 7-20m (23-66ft) high. Pink pepper trees have glossy, oval leaves that similar to bay leaves, small white flowers and have upright bunches of berries. These berries start as green, turn yellow and ripen into chains of bright pink through to scarlet peppercorns. When dried these pink pepper berries are 5mm in diameter (¼ inch) and have a really crumbly pink outer husk with little aroma or flavour. Inside the pink husk there is a small (3mm/⅛ inch) hard, brown seed. This small seed releases a sweet, volatile, piney aroma when crushed and has a faintly piperine aroma. The flavours of pink pepper are fruity with a warm, camphorous and mildly peppery flavour, together with an astringency that lingers (a little too long in my opinion, I have to say). Pink pepper is used more for its colour than its flavour, so it is fine used within a coloured pepper mix, but does not work well in pepper grinders without the other berries to help give some density for the grinding mechanism to function. It also looks great as a finish to chocolate or pink sauces. For more on pink pepper, try Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages or Wikipedia.
Pink pepper complements the flavours of chicken, fish and game really well, due to their pine-like flavours. They can also be used effectively as a garnish in chocolate sweets, or chocolate itself, but should be used sparingly as I find the taste en masse can become really astringent and make the chocolate unpalatable. Ideas include Axel's Salmon With Pink Peppercorn Sauce or Pan Pepato, or try the BBC Website. In her book "Pepper", Christine McFadden suggests using pink peppercorns instead of juniper berries in marinades for pork and game.
Steenbergs Pink Peppercorns are part of Steenbergs huge range of ingredients, including spices, herbs, salts, seasoning blends, bakery flavours and extracts, teas and so and so on. Most of Steenbergs' kit is organic and loads of it is also Fairtrade - have a browse through the Steenbergs website in general and you will see all of this. Many of Steenbergs' retail customers take Steenbergs Pink Pepper, so you could try and find a stockist through the link, phone us on 01765 640 088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.