Product: Pink Peppercorns
Latin Name: Shinus terebenthifolius
Plant Family: Anacardiaceae
Other Names: Brazilian Pepper, Aroeira, Rose Pepper, Christmasberry, Poivre Rose, Baies Roses, Rosé-Pfeffer, Pepe Rosa, Schino Brasiliano, Pimienta Roja, Pimienta Rosa & Rosépeppar.
Description: Brazilian pepper is a dioecious (having male and female flowers) shrub or small tree, native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, which is now naturalised in other tropical areas including the southern United States and Africa, it grows to a height of 7-12 metres. The leaves are alternate, pinnately compound with 3-5 leaflets, ovately lanceolate-elliptical in shape, 10-22cm in length, leathery and mid-green in colour with yellowish veins. The 5-petaled flowers are small, white in colour with yellow stamens and grow in tightly clustered panicles. Flowers fade and ripen to berries which are spherical, 4-5mm in diameter and green ripening to pinky-red.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that pink peppercorns are not true peppercorns? That’s because they’re not a member of the pepper family at all; they come from the cashew family, like the mango, pistachio and sumac trees, they still have a peppery flavour but also a slight sweetness.
Ingredients: Dried berries from bushes of Shinus terebenthifolius.
Allergy Advice: Pink peppercorns can cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the poison ivy and poison sumach.
SUGGESTED USEPink peppercorns can be added to sauces for pork and added to peppercorn sauce to serve with steak. They can also be added to other peppercorns to make your own pepper blends for your home pepper mill. They go well with steak, chicken and fish, add to salad dressings and marinades, the berries can also be added to vinegars and fruit syrups to add a little sweet spiciness.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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