Green Peppercorns

Green Peppercorns
Green Peppercorns
Green Peppercorns Green Peppercorns
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Green Peppercorns, Piper nigrum, are also called green pepper spice or green pepper. Alternative spelling is green pepper corn. Green, white, and black peppercorns all come from the same plant.

Green Peppercorns have an essential oil content of up to 5% that is made up of mostly monoterpenes.

What are Green Peppercorns

Green peppercorns are very similar to black peppercorns. They are both the unripe fruit of the same vine and can be picked at the same time. Unlike the heat drying process used to produce black peppercorns, green peppercorns are plucked from the peppercorn vine and then boiled, washed with potassium sulphite to halt the oxidization process (that would cause the green peppercorn to turn black), and then freeze dried or dehydrated.

Black peppercorns are also the unripe green fruit of the plant. The most common process of creating black peppercorns is to boil them after they have been picked and then use heat to dry them. The heat used in this process fractures the cell walls and turns them brown. On some estates, the peppercorns are not boiled first, but only dried by the sun. The difference between white peppercorns and green and black peppercorns is the time that they are picked and the process that is used once they have been harvested. White peppercorns are fully ripe red pepper fruits that are harvested and soaked in water for about 1 week, this allows the outer skin of the pepper fruit to soften and start to decompose. Rubbing then removes what is left of this outer shell and the the remaining inner seed is dried.

History of Green Peppercorns

While peppercorns are native to southern India and have been used in Indian cooking since 2000 BC, Green Peppercorns are more of a recent phenomenon. Before the mid 1960s there is little that has ever been written about the use of Green Peppercorns. In 1965 a young chef in Auch France, named André Daguin, who was working in the kitchen of the family’s hotel had become enthralled with the emerging nouvelle cuisine in France. He created a green peppercorn sauce for his grilled duck breast dish that became wildly popular and helped establish that region of southwest France as a required stop for traveling food lovers.

Today Green Peppercorns are used in green peppercorn butter, steak with green peppercorns and are regularly the pepper of choice for cold foods and the pepper used in Thai green curries.

Green Peppercorn Cultivation

Green Peppercorns are grown on a vine that is started by either the cuttings of another plant or seeds. Cuttings tend to be the easiest to work with, and new vines will take about 3 years before they begin to produce fruit (drupes). After their first drupes appear, the individual pepper vine will continue to produce drupes for about 20 years, and sometimes even longer if cared for exceptionally. Vines are typically wrapped up around poles to encourage them to grow upward. They can reach up to 30 feet in length, as long as they are protected from too much sun or too much water. These plants need some shade to thrive. In India, where they are commercially grown, their growth is typically around by trees - which provides protection from excessive sunlight. Typically, plants are covered with leaves or shade tarps of some sort during the day when the sun is directly over the plants.

Where are Green Peppercorns From

Our Green Peppercorns are cultivated in India.

What do Green Peppercorns Taste Like

They have a lightly floral flavor and aroma, with brisk pepper-pine notes and an unobtrusive heat that quickly fades. These have less of a sharp than black or white peppercorns.

Are Green Peppercorns and Capers the same Thing

No, Green Peppercorns and Capers are not the same thing. While they are often used as a substitute for one another, they come from different plants. Green Peppercorns are from the peppercorn vine, Piper nigrum, while capers are from the caper bush or Capparis spinosa.

What are Green Peppercorns Good For

Green Peppercorns can be used exactly like black peppercorns. Grind them up and use them in vegetable soup, on pasta dishes, in sauces or stews. Their delicate, peppery flavor goes wonderfully when it’s ground on fruit, so try them over strawberries, apricots, or pineapple. You can rehydrate Green Peppercorns; let them sit for an hour in the liquid of your choice. They will become puffy and smooth, and ready to use. Once rehydrated, you can use Green Peppercorns to make a classic butter sauce for steak; saute with shallot, butter, and your favorite dry red wine, drizzle over steak and enjoy.

One of our favorite recipes using green peppercorns was Inspired by the classic French recipe, Steak au Poivre.

Green Peppercorns are good with chicken, eggs, salmon, duck, pork, salads, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Works well in combination with other spices especially garlic, allspice, basil, caraway, cardamom, oregano, paprika, salt, and parsley.

Green Peppercorn Substitution

Substituting for Green Peppercorns can be challenging. Your best bet is to reach for black peppercorns, as they have a similar peppercorn flavor. If you are using fresh green peppercorns packed in a brine and you are looking for a substitute for that, capers are an okay substitute as they have similar flavor notes.


IngredientsGreen Peppercorns
Also CalledGreen pepper spice or green pepper
Recommended UsesUse in vegetable soup, on pasta dishes, in sauces or stews
Flavor ProfileA lightly floral flavor and aroma, with brisk pepper-pine notes and an unobtrusive heat that quickly fades
Oil ContentUp to 5%
Botanical NamePiper nigrum
CuisineFrench, Thai
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life1-2 years
Country of OriginIndia
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


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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 Carbohydrate1.0g0%

Dietary Fiber0.4g2%

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.

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7 total ratings.

Pamela M. (Verified buyer) 03/17/2022
Great pepper flavor. Great flavor and also great price.

Debra R. (Verified buyer) 01/11/2022
Green Peppercorns Very fresh!

Ruth R. (Verified buyer) 04/30/2020
Green peppercorns Knots green peppercorn gravy is no longer available in the US and have been buying them from Canada. Now I can make my own cheaper and readily available and better tasting! Can’t wait to try other recipes!

Matt R. (Verified buyer) 12/09/2019
Marinated Salmon with Green Peppercorns First, I marinated the green peppercorns in brine, following the instructions below. Then, starting with fresh salmon from the supermarket, I prepared "Marinated Salmon with Green Peppercorns," from “Helen Nash’s Kosher Kitchen” (New York: Random House), copyright 1988 by Helen Nash. Here is the recipe I prepared: 6 servings 1 ½ pounds salmon fillet, center cut, skinned 3 tablespoons lime juice 3 tablespoons dry white wine 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons drained green peppercorns 1 tablespoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Cut the salmon, following the grain into ¼-inch-wide slices. (The length of the slices will be determined by the width of the fish; they may be 5 to 6 inches long.) In a small bowl mix together the lime juice, white wine, vinegar and mustard. Pouring in a slow stream, whisk in the olive oil until the marinade is emulsified. Add the peppercorns, salt and pepper. Place the salmon in a glass or ceramic dish, pour the marinade over it, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning the fish once. The lime juice will “cook” the salmon. To serve: Arrange the salmon on plates decorated sparingly with shredded French chicory (fries) or other bitter greens, and drizzle a little of the marinade over the fish. My family enjoyed this as an appetizer last Saturday. We don't do social media, and anyway, the recipe is copyrighted material, so I won't be sharing with anyone besides you all, in case one of you wants to try preparing it. But thanks for the green peppercorns, and thanks for getting them endorsed by the Apple-K kosher certification! How to make green peppercorns in brine For the brine: • 1/2 cup Water • 2 Tablespoons Salt • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar Instructions 1. Rinse your green peppercorns well. I keep mine also in some water with a few drops of vinegar to get rid of insects trapped between the drupes. 2. Keep your jar ready and place the green peppercorn drupes into the jar. The more you can fill up the jar the better. 3. Prepare the brine by heating up a pot with the water, salt and vinegar. Mix it all well and bring to a quick boil. 4. Pour the hot brine over the green peppercorn so that the pepper is covered with the liquid. 5. Close the jar with the lid and keep out for two days. Refrigerate after three days and use in your food whenever you like.

Diane S. (Verified buyer) 11/26/2019
Green Mysore Peppercorns So happy to find these online through Spices Inc. Very difficult to find in grocery stores. I use them in gravies, soups and sauces.

Armando G. (Verified buyer) 09/13/2018
Rich flavor We love the peppercorn sauce

Jo A. (Verified buyer) 09/18/2018
Green Peppercorns Seamless ordering, speedy delivery but peppercorns not as peppery as expected. Would suggest getting white peppercorns for a little more fire