Pepper Black Cracked; Butcher
Botanical Name - Piper nigrum
Origin - Vietnam
Flavor Profile - Moderately pungent and spicy.
Culinary Usages - Use to bring out the flavors of eggs, cheeses, rice, potatoes, pasta and roasted or grilled vegetables and meats.
Black peppercorns are harvested from the pepper plant (Piper nigrum), and is without doubt one of the oldest and most widely used spices in the world. After flowering, the fruit, which are more precisely called drupes, are collected by hand and dried on mats in the sun until they reach a dark purplish-black.
Note: The term "mesh" refers to the coarseness of ground pepper, which can range from a fine shake to large granules. (The term literally refers to the size of the holes in the mesh screen through which the spice passes while it is ground.) The higher the number, the finer the pepper. Similarly, a mesh of 12 indicates a grind between coarse and cracked.
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