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Pink Peppercorns and Bali Long Pepper

Pink peppercorns and Bali long pepper — two particularly striking alternatives to the standard peppercorn.

Peppercorn berries may have originated in India, but plenty of other places around the word have sought similar spice qualities in local plants that are now also called peppercorns. In Part 1 of our series on this “king of spices” we looked at the wide range of peppercorns available from the piper nigrum plant. In Part 2, we’ll take a closer look at five other well known types of peppercorns that are not to be confused with “true” peppercorn berries.

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Green, Black and White Peppercorns

Green, Tellicherry Black, and Muntok White Peppercorns

Experimenting with herbs and spices in everyday cooking can be very intimidating. When I first became a spice buyer, I myself was overwhelmed by the seemingly endless number of herb and spice varieties that are out there, and it wasn’t until I was preparing to teach my first spice class at Formaggio Kitchen that I truly delved into one of the spice world’s most basic yet versatile berries: the peppercorn.

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Sarawak White Peppercorns

Our spice buyer, Julia, has been working really hard on our spice selection here at the shop.  She recently spearheaded an effort to improve packaging – the new tins not only better protect the spices from sunlight but they also hold up better.  Previously, some of the Turkish peppers would actually cause the plastic containers to crack open and this no longer happens.  An added plus – the new containers look really chic too!

Julia has also been making an effort to bring in some new and special spices.  This week saw the addition of three new peppercorns to our shelves.  (more…)

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