What Are Green Peppercorns?
Green Peppercorns are similar to Black Peppercorns, but milder in heat and containing subtle fruit notes. Common growing regions include India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil. Green Peppercorns are popular in Thai and French cuisine and are especially good on steak and seafood.
Picked unripe from the Piper Nigrum vine, the green peppercorn is the peppercorn in its early stages of life. These are picked green due to their milder spice level, paired with the robust aroma they provide. They have also been found to inhibit colon cancer and offer other health benefits.
How Green Peppercorns Can Be Used
Green Peppercorns can be used in a variety of cuisines due to the great flavor they have. They can be ground fresh onto salads or other fresh and fruit-forward dishes to offer spice and a fruity aroma to the dish. They can also be ground on top of poultry, fish and bright pasta dishes to add another layer of taste.
Oftentimes the Peppercorns are brined in a salty solution, being used in a caper-like quality in sauces and similar use cases. Green Peppercorn Sauce and steak is a classic pairing we love. They are also used in curries and specifically Thai dishes due to the aromatic profile that blends well with Thai cuisine.
The Flavor Behind Green Peppercorns
Green Peppercorns are not as sharp or bitter as a fully ripe Peppercorn which are more commonly used.
This lack of astringency allows the fruity and fresh flavor of the ingredient to really stand out. It also means that eating a whole one is not nearly as spicy and is why they can be incorporated as whole pieces in cooking. Adding them to a brine or in other liquids, slowly brings out a unique flavor concentrated on the mildly spicy and fruity profile.
The Spiceology Green Peppercorns
Spiceology offers Green Peppercorns because we believe they are just as good as their ripe counterparts. Full of robust aromatics and milder spice, these Peppercorns utilized across a variety of recipes makes them invaluable in any kitchen. Get some today and experiment with this delicious spice.