Pink Peppercorns, Brazilian
Pink peppercorns, or rose baises, are fun to use in cooking, as they add both a fruity flavor and bold, beautiful color. These berries are grown primarily in the Brazilian state of Espirto Santo, located along the southeast coast just north of Rio de Janeiro.
From a small mastic-tree, these little berries are not a proper member of the pepper family. The green berries grow in tiny clusters of white flowers that form in autumn, and become bright red before harvesting. Their name comes from their similarity to true peppercorns in both size and shape.
Sweet and mild, they make a colorful addition to many dishes: salads, eggs, seafood, white sauces. Most notably, pink peppercorns are used in fish, poultry and game dishes. They go well with rich meats and are often used to flavor delicate sauces to accompany seafood and pork. In large quantities, they can cause intestinal irriation, but not in normal recipe amounts.
Since they are too soft to be ground in a peppermill by themselves, they are sprinkled whole or lightly crushed in most dishes. When sautéed or cooked in sauces, you may be surprised that the flavor changes to become very similar to black pepper. Used as a garnish, they make a stunning color presentation. Pink peppercorns are also blended into our "Peppercorns Royale". Try it for its flavor variety and color effect.
Sold in a jar only, due to their delicate nature.