Whole White Pepper Corns
|White peppercorns is a spice produced from the dried fruit of the pepper plant, Piper nigrum. It is often milder than black pepper with less complex flavour. While they both comes from the berries of the same plant, their harvesting time differs yielding the difference in colour and intensity of taste. White pepper is made from the fully ripe pepper berries. They are soaked in water for about ten days leading to fermentation. The skins are then removed which also removes some of the piperine compound, the compound that gives pepper its strong aroma and taste. This results in a different flavour and heat component than black pepper. White pepper has a hot taste to the tongue with a less complex flavour than black pepper.
White pepper is often used in dishes that requires a peppery bite without visual traces of pepper such as white sauce, potato dishes, Chinese cuisine, marinades for meat and poultry, sauces and soups.