The berries of the Brazilian pepper tree are known as "pink pepper". The taste is subtly sweet, rather than sharp, although the berries contain carvacrol, which is also found in herbs such as savory, thyme and oregano. Our pepper is a fragile, freeze-dried berry from organic cultivation.

The pink pepper is not pepper, because it is not part of the pepper family (Piperaceae), but of the wig tree family, a not so well-known family, but with well-known plant species such as cashew (nut), pistachio (nut), sumac (herb) ), mango and Greek mastic. The Brazilian pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius) is originally from South America, just like the Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle). Both are used as a spice.

However, the dried pink peppers mainly come from the islands of Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius, off the East African coast. They were "discovered" by French cuisine and planted on the islands at the beginning of the 19th century. The berry has also been produced in Brazil for several years.

These pink berries are "air dried", to prevent wrinkling as black pepper does. Sometimes they are freeze-dried. Freeze-drying preserves the smooth shape of the berry and preserves the subtle palette and color best.

De roze peper is geen peper, want maakt geen deel uit van de peperfamilie (Piperaceae), maar van de pruikenboomfamilie, een niet zo bekende familie, maar met overbekende plantensoorten zoals de cashew(noot), de pistache(noot), sumak(kruid), mango en het Griekse mastiek.

Smell and taste

The pink pepper is not a pepper. It is not a member of the pepper family (Piperaceae). It's a plant in the wig tree family, a not very well-known family, but with very well-known plant species such as cashew (nut), pistachio (nut), sumac (herb) ), mango and Greek mastic.

The pink pepper is hardly sharp in comparison with black pepper. Its moderate sharpness comes from the phenol carvacrol, an anti-oxidant that occurs not only in pink pepper, but to a much wider extent, in herbs such as savory, thyme and oregano. In the berries you can taste very clear juniper (also a bit sweet), which is why the berries are also called red juniper berries.

Brazilian pink pepper contains the monoterpenes

  • α and β-pinene, woody pine scent, as in cumin, pine (pine cone), juniper and hemp
  • β-phellandrene, pleasant mint and citrus flavor, also present in allspice,
  • para-cimene, woody and fresh citrus like in cumin, thyme, savory and marjoram, and
  • cadines, a fresh woody, vegetable aroma, as in cubeb pepper

Usage

Pink pepper combines well with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, savory, oregano. tonka, vanilla, allspice, pepper and chili pepper. Pink berries are used in their entirety, such as Magret de canard or pâté, but are usually crushed or crushed. Use pink pepper with veal, poultry, delicate fish dishes such as mousses and with shellfish such as St. Jacques (scallops), with shrimp, with cheese or in herb butter or in a pea cream.

Also try pink pepper with fruits: peach, orange, melon, mango or papaya. And chocolate, in French tartines (mango) and bread, and even with desserts, such as by sprinkling some over Pêches melba or incorporating them into peaches and marmalades.

Features

  • 100% berries of the Schinus terebinthifolius
  • origin: Maurice
  • harvest 2018

Availibility

  • Available in glass jars with 1, 2 or 5 sachets of 1 gram each
  • larger quantities on request

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • keep your safran in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • september 2021


Origin
Maurice
Botanical name
Anacardiaceae Schinus terebinthifolius
Ingredients
No additions 100% dried fruit
Allergen information
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Pink (brasilian) berries

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