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Black peppercorns

What are black peppercorns? About the ingredient black peppercorns. Including 279 recipes with black peppercorns, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes of the pepper plant. The drupes are cooked briefly in hot water, both to clean them and to prepare them for drying. The heat ruptures cell walls in the pepper, speeding the work of browning enzymes during drying.

The drupes are dried in the sun or by machine for several days, during which the pepper around the seed shrinks and darkens into a thin, wrinkled black layer. Once dried, the spice is called black peppercorn. Black peppercorn is considered spicer than white peppercorn.

It is quite surprising that the use of pepper has come so much into fashion, seeing that in other substances which we use, it is sometimes their sweetness, and sometimes their appearance that has attracted our notice.

Pepper loses flavor and aroma through evaporation, so airtight storage helps preserve pepper's original spiciness longer. Pepper can also lose flavor when exposed to light, which can transform piperine into nearly tasteless. 

*Once ground, pepper's aromatics can evaporate quickly; most culinary sources recommend grinding whole peppercorns immediately before use for this reason.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15Calories from Fat 1
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.9g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.7g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 3% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Black peppercorns are usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Black peppercorns are a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much do black peppercorns weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp 6
1 tsp 2
1 dash 0

In Chinese:黑胡椒
British (UK) term: Black peppercorns
en français:grains de poivre noir
en español:granos de pimienta negra

Recipes using black peppercorns

There are 266 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Asian Salad Nicoise
Authentic General Tso's Chicken
Chicken and Shrimp Vindaloo
Chilled Vegetable Soup
Chinese Broad Bean and Potato Stir-Fry with Noodles
Classic Leek and Potato Soup
Delicious Instant Pot Pot Roast
Exotic Spiced Pea Pilaf
Favourite Spiced Tea
Filets of Sole in White Wine Sauce
Garam Masala Lamb Kebabs

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