The berries for black peppercorns are picked from the vine just before they ripen and turn red. As they dry, the berries turn black. These whole Tellicherry peppercorns have a full, robust flavor that’s almost fruity. Its mellow complexity makes it a wonderful all-purpose pepper in your kitchen. This high-grade pepper, also known as Tellicherry Garbled Extra Bold, is a favorite with chefs and home cooks.