The Types of Peppercorns Every Spice Cabinet Needs

A roundup of whole & freshly ground peppercorns from around the world: Cambodian Kampot, Indian Tellicherry, Japanese Sansho & more!

Tellicherry Peppercorns

Tellicherry are named after an Indian city on the Malabar coast, where they hail. These are considered some of the finest peppercorns in the world and are our "go to" peppercorns for everyday freshly ground use. Black peppercorns are a fruit, and their flavor profile is impacted by their terroir (the soil and growing environment). Tellicherry peppercorns are, by definition, larger in size and have a beautifully complex, citrusy aroma. When it comes to the generic pre-ground stuff, this is our favorite black peppercorn, by far, every time.

Tellicherry Peppercorns

Sichuan Peppercorns

The numbering, tingly heat plus citrus flavor of Sichuan peppercorns tends to sneak up on your taste buds slowly- creating an effect known as ma la, or “numbing heat”. Not really a peppercorn but a berry from the Chinese prickly ash tree, use in classic Sichuan dishes or add to burgers, lamb, noodle salads, tofu or stir-fries, just to name a few.

Sichuan Peppercorns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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