Bulk Black Peppercorn 20 Mesh

Piper nigrum
Peppercorn, black, 20 mesh image
[ 1198 ]Piper nigrum

Black Peppercorn 20 Mesh

1/4 Pound:  $4.12 Pound:  $9.15 buy now  

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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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound4
active compoundspiperine, safrole, beta-pinene, limonene, terpinene, alpha-pinene, various sesquiterpenes and monoterpene derivatives, including borneol, carvone, carvacrol, 1,8-cineol and linalool
plant part usedfruit

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaFine coarseness and spicy in aroma


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culinaryUse to bring out the flavors of eggs, cheeses, rice, potatoes, pasta and roasted or grilled vegetables and meats.

flavor profile

black peppercorn
(20 mesh)

Moderately pungent and spicy.

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black peppercorn
(20 mesh)

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what else you should know

black peppercorn

Black pepper is produced by harvesting the still unripe drupes from the Piper nigrum plant and blanching them in boiling water before being laid out to dry in the sun. The dried peppercorns are then sold whole or ground into varying degrees of coarseness. In this case, a mesh of 20 produces a grind of black pepper that is finer than freshly cracked pepper but still has some granularity left.

As one of the oldest commodities in the history of the spice trade, black pepper played a role in shaping civilizations as well as the world map. But long before the spice merchants of the 15th century would risk all to bring black pepper from the Malabar coast to the market dominated by Italy at the time, the first century AD gourmet, Marcus Gavius Apicius, was cataloging Rome’s favorite recipes, the majority of which included black pepper.

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