Pink Peppercorns

Pink Peppercorns
Pink Peppercorns
Pink Peppercorns Pink Peppercorns
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Pink Peppercorns, Schinus terebinthifolius, also called red peppercorns, rose peppers, or rose-poivre. Pink peppercorns are not actually related to green, black, or white peppercorns, but get their name from the similarities in look and their peppery flavor.

Pink Peppercorns have an essential oil content of up to 4% that is made up of mostly monoterpene hydrocarbons.

What are Pink Peppercorns

Pink peppercorns are prized for their spectacular pinkish-red color and the burst of peppery flavor that they add to almost any dish. Pink Peppercorns are a dried berry of the Peruvian pepper tree (which in this country is also called the California pepper tree) or the Brazilian pepper tree. These are most popular in French cuisine, where they are known as rose-poivre. These peppercorns are almost hollow and have a fragile exterior shell that gives way to a tiny interior nut. In this country Pink peppercorns are frequently used in peppercorn blends such as our Gourmet Peppercorn Mixer.

History of Pink Peppercorns

Pink peppercorns are native to Peru where they still grow prolifically. The exportation of pink peppercorns from Brazil and Peru has only been happening since the late 1800's or early 1900's but can now be found around the world. The Wariʼ, an indigenous people of Brazil, used the berries to make chiche, which is like a Pink Peppercorn beer. These peppercorns came to culinary fame with the dawn of nouvelle cuisine in the 1960s and '70s where they were often paired with Green Peppercorns for ornamental effect.

The plant prefers hot and wet climates, though where they do grow is not always in line with their ideal climates. They have been naturalized throughout Western and Southern North America and the Pacific Islands. Pink peppercorn shrubs were introduced into Florida in the 19th century as decorative plants. Peruvian pepper trees can be found thriving in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and Texas. The plants have grown so abundantly that they have become labeled as an invasive species in most of these regions.

Pink Peppercorn Cultivation

Peruvian pepper is an evergreen tree with a weeping canopy of branches, native to Northern Peru in the high desert of the Andes. The trees typically reach a height of 22 to 32 feet. The leaves are oval, 1-2 inches long and .75 to 1.25 inches wide. In spring and summer, tiny, delicate white flowers emerge and give way to the immature green berries. The fruit is a drupe with hundreds of berries clustered together. The berries mature to a reddish-pink when they are ready for harvest. The plants grow wild in Brazil’s coastal regions.

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Do Pink Peppercorns Taste Different

Pink Peppercorns have a delightful spicy-sweet flavor with citrus undertones. This gives them a different flavor profile than the more familiar Black Peppercorns.

What do You do with Pink Peppercorns

The light, sweet flavor of Pink Peppercorns is ideal for accentuating light cream sauces for chicken and fish. Their sweet-and-citrus flavors are an excellent accent for salmon. These are very popular in French dishes such as côte de boeuf with Pink Peppercorn sauce. Pink peppercorns work well with fruit and love pomegranates, so try a pomegranate/pink peppercorn panna cotta. They add an unexpected fruit flavor to caramel sauces and ice cream. They also work ground together with sea salt, so try it on the rim of a margarita, or muddle the peppercorns into gin for a new twist on a classic gimlet.

Works well in combination with other spices especially basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, juniper berries, lavender, mint, rosemary, saffron, and vanilla.

Pink Peppercorns are good with bacon, beef, bergamot, butter, chicken, citrus fruits, cream, garlic, onions, lemongrass, pineapple, pomegranate, dried rosebuds, strawberries, and white-fleshed fish.

Pink Peppercorn Substitution

Substituting for Pink Peppercorns can be challenging. While the flavor won’t be exact, you can certainly use other peppercorns in a pinch. We prefer Green or Black Peppercorns over White Peppercorns.


Ingredients Pink Peppercorns
Also Called Red peppercorns, rose peppers, or rose-poivre
Recommended Uses Use with bacon, beef, bergamot, butter, chicken, citrus fruits, cream, garlic, onions, lemongrass, pineapple, pomegranate, dried rosebuds, strawberries, and white-fleshed fish
Flavor Profile Spicy-sweet flavor with citrus undertones
Oil Content Up to 4%
Botanical Name Schinus terebinthifolius
Cuisine French
How To Store Airtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life 1-2 years
Country of Origin Brazil
Dietary Preferences Gluten 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 Carbohydrate0.9g0%

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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Debra R. (Verified buyer) 01/11/2022
Pink Peppercorns Just like everything else, I've ordered from Spices Inc, these are very nice.

Maria L. (Verified buyer) 07/22/2021
Thank you Very nice product.!

PETER T. (Verified buyer) 09/25/2020
Thank you so much. Your packaging and quality is outstanding. Thank you.

Donna S. (Verified buyer) 02/25/2019
Pink Peppercorns They arrived in record time. Thanks! Great service! and your recipes are fantastic.

Dr. G. (Verified buyer) 01/02/2019
All good I have been enjoying the several products in my last order--as well as the complementary gift item!--since the shipment arrived. I have gotten unsolicited positive feedback about the different, yummy flavors. Everything arrived intact and in good condition, so I look forward to being a satisfied customer for years to come.

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Heleen (Verified buyer) 01/01/2013
Pink Peppercorns I like pepper better that way.