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Organic White Peppercorns

Organic White Peppercorns
Organic White Peppercorns
Organic White Peppercorns Organic White Peppercorns

Organic White Peppercorns

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White pepper, or Piper nigrum, is not nearly as common as the well-known black pepper in the United States, but it should be. This wonderful spice is both peppery and floral and it a great compliment for light colored dishes. This is the pepper of choice for many Asian dishes and it is popular in both British and French cuisines.

White peppercorns have a fixed oil of 2%-9% and essential oils hovering at around 1% that are mostly made up of monoterpenes.

White pepper is called "fulful abyad" Arabic, "bai hu chiao" in Mandarin, "poivre blanc" in French, "langer Pfeffer" in German, "pipli pipal" in Hindi, "Indonaga koshou" in Japanese, "pimento branca" in Portuguese, "zelyony pjerets" in Russian, and "pimienta blanca" Spanish.



History of White Peppercorns

This history of white peppercorns is linked quite intimately with the history of black peppercorns since they come from the same plant and are technically the same thing. White peppercorns are just black peppercorns with the pericarp (the skin) peeled away to reveal the white peppercorn underneath.

When pepper was fist discovered and introduced to other countries. It was used as currency, dowries, or as payment to soldiers for fighting in wars. In the colonies, some rentals from England were paid for in the form of peppercorns to the British. Queen Elizabeth once received a payment of 279 black peppercorns for the rent money on a church that was located on what is now Wall Street.

In the 1940s, peppercorn production in Indonesia was almost completely halted due to the destruction of land during WWII. During this time, producers were scrambling to find new places to grow pepper, giving other countries an opportunity to grow economically by producing peppercorns.

Today, peppercorns are consumed all over the world. Americans are the second biggest consumer of peppercorns, behind only the people of Tunisia who consume a quarter pound of pepper per capita annually.


Organic White Peppercorn Cultivation


White peppercorns are grown exactly the same way as black peppercorns. The peppercorns grow on vines and are removed while they are a lighter green to be dried. While on the vine, peppercorns tend to shift from green to a yellowish green color, with their final stage being the red peppercorn. White peppercorns are produced from those peppercorns that are transitioning to the yellowish green color, with a small percentage of white peppercorns being produced after the berries are fully red. White peppercorns are made by harvesting the peppercorns of the desired near ripeness to ripeness and then removing the pericarp, or outside skin from the fruit. The process of the removal of the outer skin is called retting. Retting, or the softening and separation of fibers through exposure to water, is a process that may take up to a week. Boiling sometimes expedites this process. They are sundried after the pericarp has been removed.

Our Organic White Peppercorns are grown in India.


Types of Peppercorns


  1. White- these peppercorns are described as being fruitier and spicier than black peppercorns, but with less complexity.
  2. Black- these are the classic peppercorns everyone knows and loves. Black peppercorns are usually ground down and added to food, with everything from macaroni and cheese to steak.
  3. Green- these peppercorns are picked still tender and unripe. They are picked and either freeze dried or air dried. They are sometimes packed in wine vinegar or brine to help retain their color.
  4. Red- true red peppercorns are quite rare and are typically expensive due to their scarcity. They are small and very attractive to birds, so when they are left on the vine they must be carefully watched and protected from becoming animal food. These peppercorns are dried at very high temperatures and are quite rare to find outside of the region of production.
  5. Pink- these peppercorns aren't peppercorns at all. They are from an entirely different plant called the Peruvian pepper tree, or Schinus mole. These pink peppercorns are part of the cashew family.


Cooking with White Peppercorns


Organic White Peppercorns should be added to the dish after cooking as overheating can lead to the peppercorns becoming bitter and releasing that bitter flavor into the food.

White pepper is extremely popular in Asian dishes. It is the source of heat for many dishes where chiles wouldn't be an appropriate fit.

This pepper is also used aesthetically, meaning it shows up in dishes where black pepper might be less attractive or unsightly- for example, a béchamel sauce may be made with white pepper instead of black because it is a creamy, light colored sauce that can keep up that some chefs prefer to remain monochromatic.


Whole vs. Ground


As with many spices, peppercorns are more flavorful and aromatic when they are whole. They lose flavor and scent when they are ground because there is more surface area exposed to the air, meaning there is more opportunity for the essential oils of the spice to be lost to evaporation.

Whole peppercorns can be ground on an "as needed" basis. This is convenient for the chef, but it is also good for preserving the flavor of your peppercorns for as long as possible.


What Do Organic White Peppercorns Taste Like?


Organic White Peppercorns are said to taste hotter than black peppercorns with less complexity and some more noticeable floral notes.


What's the Difference Between Black and White Pepper?


There are very slight differences between black pepper and white pepper. White pepper is slightly more pungent and more floral than black pepper. An obvious difference is their color, as one is dark and extremely recognizable, but one is less common and much lighter. Black peppercorns are made from the entire fruit, whereas white peppercorns are technically only the seed of the fruit.


Substitutions and Conversions


When looking for a substitute for white pepper, you can turn to black pepper in some cases. If the recipe you are using only calls for a small amount of white pepper, you can easily substitute it with black pepper and notice very little difference in taste. If however, the recipe calls for a large amount of white pepper, don't substitute it with black pepper. White pepper has a more nuanced, floral flavor that shows through the more you use it.

Think about the application before you make any substitutions. Are you making a delicate sauce that calls for white pepper? Black pepper probably wouldn't work as a substitute in any amount. Are you making a vegetable stir fry? Black pepper is an okay substitute and the nuanced flavors of the white pepper won't be missed.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.8g1%

Dietary Fiber0.7g3%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
5 total ratings.

Lucy L. (Verified buyer) 12/27/2021
Very good flavor. Fast shipping. Very good flavor. Fast shipping.

Stephen N. (Verified buyer) 07/29/2020
Peppercorns They have a decent flavor. Not as potent as the green ones I bought. I like the taste.

Mary B. (Verified buyer) 04/30/2020
Very nice! A different flavor from black peppercorns - floral and more complex with less heat.

Elise F. (Verified buyer) 04/21/2020
Fresh and pungent Fresh and pungent

Joe V. (Verified buyer) 01/15/2019
Organic white peppercorn I've searched for organic white peppercorns for ages, I was so excited to find them here at Spices Inc! It's my favorite pepper to use in salads!