Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries of a tropical vine, Piper Nigrum. The same berries are processed to make black pepper. Green peppercorns have a milder but more complex and fresh flavor than most other peppercorns, and are commonly found preserved in brine or pickled. Green peppercorns can be sliced or chopped, or eaten whole (pickled).
You might not try that with black pepper, but the green peppercorns have a much suppressed pepper flavor. In their various formats green peppercorns are popular in French, Thai, and Western European cuisines. Because they are perishable, green peppercorns are usually freeze dried, or preserved in brine or pickled.
Green peppercorns, in addition to being a culinary treat, have numerous health benefits. They are good for the digestive tract, reducing gas while increasing hydrochloric acid in the stomach which aid with digestion and helps reduce several types of stomach distress. They also help fight bacterial growth in the intestines. In addition, green peppercorns are high in iron, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
The skin of the peppercorn is helpful in breaking down fat cells, so eating green peppercorns can even help you lose weight. A chemical found in pepper, piperine, may have some use in helping other chemicals work in the body, and it may have anti-cancer properties as well. In all, green peppercorns are a healthy and tasty condiment, and well deserving of their place on every table.
Green Peppercorn Facts:
- Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries of a tropical vine
- Green Peppercorns have a milder, fresher flavor
- Green Peppercorns are not as spicy as black
- The same green peppercorns can be used to make black pepper
- Available freeze dried, pickled, or in brine
- Green peppercorns have numerous health benefits
- High in antioxidants and may have anticancer properties
- Popular in French, Thai, and Western European cuisines
- Helpful in breaking down fat cells
- Improve digestion
|Nutritional data per 100g:
Ash – 4.33 g
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