Pepper - Information and Spice Variations

Called the "king of spices", pepper has a long history of being used as a seasoning, a preservative, and even currency. By far the most frequently used spice, pepper adds an excellent depth of flavor to nearly any savory dish, and many sweet dishes as well.

Black, white, and green peppercorns all come from the same vine. They grow in clusters (like grapes), and are harvested in various stages of growth.
Green peppercorns are young when they are picked and dehydrated, with a resulting mild flavor. The black peppercorns are left on the vine to fully mature and develop a stronger flavor profile. White peppercorns are actually black peppercorns, which have been soaked to remove the outer casing. This gives the white peppercorns a more intense flavor, with a slightly fermented taste and smell from the soaking process.

Pepper begins to lose flavor as soon as it's ground, so for peak flavor, grind pepper as you need it. The Spice House grinds Tellicherry black pepper and Malaysian white pepper in small batches for great fresh-ground flavor. Ground Tellicherry pepper is available in a range of particle sizes from cracked to powdered.

See a video of The Spice Boss explaining everything you need to know about peppers.

Black Malabar Peppercorns, Organic


New! The state of Kerala on India’s fabled Malabar coast has been producing some of the world’s finest peppercorns for centuries. These organic …

Tellicherry Ground Black Pepper


Black Tellicherry pepper is ground fresh here at The Spice House weekly. This is the freshest, most robust, ground pepper you can buy. We grind onl…

White Malaysian Pepper, Ground


White peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. They are soaked in water, which softens the shells, whereupon the shells are removed. Their f…

Peppercorns Royale Four Pepper Blend of Black, White, Green and Pink Peppercorns


Peppercorns Royale is a blend of all four types of pepper mixed together. This festive blend combines all the subtle flavor variations of black, whit…

European Style Black and White Peppercorn Blend


European Peppercorn blend mixes two peppercorns most favored in European kitchens. It is made with our finest vine-ripened Tellicherry whole black p…

French Style Black and Green Peppercorn Blend


French-style peppercorn blend is modeled after the popularity of green peppercorns in France. This blend is great for those who enjoy French cooking…

Green Mysore Peppercorns


These dehydrated green peppercorns have a sharp, crisp flavor. Green peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. The berries are picked earli…

Lampong Indonesian Black Peppercorns


Black Lampong peppercorns are a young, sharp black pepper. These peppercorns from Indonesia are picked earlier in the ripening process. They do not h…

Pink Peppercorns, Brazilian


Pink peppercorns, or rose baises, are fun to use in cooking, as they add both a fruity, peppery flavor and bold, beautiful color. These berries are g…

Tellicherry Black Peppercorns


Tellicherry whole black peppercorns are left on the vine longer so they develop a deep, rich flavor. Considered the finest pepper in the world, thes…

White Malaysian Peppercorns


White peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. They are soaked in water, which softens the shells, whereupon the shells are removed. Thei…