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Welcome to our big pink pepper test 2022. Here we present all the pink pepper berries that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best pink pepper for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy pink pepper.




Summary

  • Pink pepper is not related to black, white or green pepper.
  • In its native South America, pink pepper is used more as a remedy than as a seasoning.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Pink Pepper

What is pink pepper?

Contrary to what the name suggests, pink pepper is not a pepper in the true sense of the word. It is also not related to black, white or green pepper. Alternative names are pink berry or Christmas berry.

While the conventional pepper varieties grow on bushes, pink pepper comes from the Brazilian pepper tree. Often, the berries of the Peruvian pepper tree are also sold as pink pepper. In terms of taste, the two varieties are similar, but the berries of the Peruvian pepper tree are slightly larger and pinker.

After harvesting, the berries of the Brazilian pepper tree are dried. This makes them brittle, which makes them easy to use further.

Biologically, pink pepper is related to mango and cashew.

What does pink pepper taste like?

The taste of pink pepper is reminiscent of pepper. Hence the name, although biologically the berry is not a pepper.

However, pink pepper is more tart and spicy than hot. It also has a fruity, resinous taste that is slightly sweet. Thus, pink pepper reminds many people of juniper in a somewhat toned-down form.

On the tongue, pink pepper develops an incomparable flavour due to its essential oils and sugar content, which, unlike its namesakes, is not hot but very mild.

What does pink pepper go with?

Since the 1970s, pink pepper has been an indispensable ingredient in more sophisticated cooking. So if you want to surprise your friends and relatives with refined, high-quality dishes, these little berries are indispensable for you.

Pink pepper goes well with a wide range of dishes and there are practically no limits to your creativity.

Due to its sweet and spicy aroma, pink pepper goes very well with poultry and fish. But meat with a stronger flavour of its own is also wonderfully supported by pink pepper. So it's no problem at all to refine your steaks and game dishes with pink pepper.

If you are a fan of sauces and chutneys, you should definitely have pink pepper in your spice rack. But casseroles, rice and pasta dishes with vegetables also benefit from seasoning with pink peppercorns. Mushrooms in particular go very well with the little pink berries.

Cheese enthusiasts like to enhance slightly less spicy varieties with a pinch of pink pepper.

A special tip for lovers: fennel, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, mint, grains of paradise and also bourbon vanilla are optimal spice partners for pink pepper.

If you are keen to experiment, you can also use pink pepper in your desserts and sweet dishes. The sweet and spicy flavour of the berries gives a particularly refined note to obsalates, puddings, chocolate or ice cream.

How does pink pepper affect the body?

Pink pepper has several positive effects on our body. For example, it has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. For these reasons, it is very popular in South America as a remedy for various ailments.

However, since pink pepper also contains cardanols, people with allergies should be careful when consuming it. For such people, the ingestion of pink pepper can lead to skin and mucous membrane irritation. Headaches, swelling of the eyelids, respiratory disorders and coughing may occur.

The proportion of cardanols in the berries varies depending on the region where the pepper is grown and is usually vanishingly small.

You can check with your family doctor whether you should still be careful.

Due to its high content of essential oils, pink pepper can also cause intestinal problems if consumed in excess. You should therefore not use it too excessively.

In addition, we have put together a table with the nutritional values of pink pepper so that you have a better idea of what you are eating. All values are per 100 g

Category Nutritional value per 100 g
Calorific value 28 kcal
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary fibre 3.6 g

How is pink pepper used?

Pink pepper is nowadays found in many pepper blends in place of red pepper. Red pepper is perishable and therefore not well suited for blends.

If you buy pink pepper as a berry, you can use it in whatever form suits you. As whole berries, coarsely crushed or even ground, pink pepper has extremely versatile uses.

The dried berries are easy to rub with your fingers, so you don't have to make a big effort.

Besides its function as a spice, the small pink berry has a few other areas where it shines.

Pink pepper is especially popular as a decoration. In light sauces, the little berries make quite an impression and they are also an eye-catcher on cheese platters. They are also popular as Christmas decorations. There are no limits to your imagination!

Rosa Pfeffer als Deko auf Häppchen

Pink pepper not only tastes good, it is also perfect for creative decorations (Image source: pixabay/ritaE)

Have you ever tried a gin and tonic with strawberries and pink pepper berries? Or a cocktail with chilli and pink pepper? No? Then it's high time!

In its native South America, pink pepper is known more as a remedy than as a spice. The bark, leaves and berries of the pepper tree were already used by the Aztecs and Maya to cure a wide variety of symptoms.

Even today, people use it to heal wounds, relieve rheumatism or menstrual cramps, colds and stomach ulcers. They also swear by pink pepper for venereal diseases and depression.

In Europe, however, pink pepper is not recognised as a remedy.

Pink pepper not only tastes really good, when you grind it, it also gives off a pleasant scent of cedar wood, pine needles and lemon peel.

How much does pink pepper cost?

The price of pink pepper depends mainly on the origin and cultivation method of the Brazilian pepper tree. In Germany, you usually find berries that were grown on Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

On the internet you can find pink pepper for about 6 € per 100g. There are no upper limits to the price, but the higher-priced products usually cost around €14 per 100g.

What alternatives are there to pink pepper?

Pink pepper has a very special taste, so it is not easy to substitute it. Pink pepper itself is more often used as an alternative to green pepper because it is less hot.

In pepper blends, pink pepper often replaces red pepper because red pepper is more perishable than the pink berries.

What Types of Pink Pepper are there and which is the best for you?

In general, you can find pink pepper in four different forms in the shops. We have taken a closer look at these forms for you so that you can better decide which pink pepper suits you best.

You can usually find pink pepper in the shops in

  • Dried as a whole berry
  • Pickled in brine
  • Pepper blends
  • Ground

Dried as a whole berry

This is the form in which you will most often find pink pepper on the market. The berries are dried immediately after harvesting and can therefore be kept for a practically unlimited period of time. As the berries are very brittle, you can easily grind them when you need them ground. Whole berries can be used for seasoning as well as for decoration.

Advantages and disadvantages of dried berries

Advantages
  • Long shelf life
  • Many uses
  • Easy to process
  • No additives
Disadvantages
  • May need further processing

In brine

You can find pickled pink pepper in well-stocked spice shops. The main purpose of the brine is to preserve the berries for longer.

Advantages and disadvantages of pickled pink pepper

Advantages
  • long shelf life
Disadvantages
  • slight discolouration of the taste of the brine
  • additives

Pepper mixtures

Pink pepper is often used in pepper blends together with green, white or black pepper. It gives the mixture a nice colour.

Advantages and disadvantages of pink pepper in pepper blends

Advantages
  • exclusive taste experience by blending different pepper varieties
  • decorative on the table
Disadvantages
  • the taste of the mild pink pepper is overshadowed by the stronger flavours of the other pepper varieties

Ground

Very rarely can you find pink pepper already ground in the shops. This means that you no longer have to grind it yourself. However, it may contain additives and the aromas are lost more quickly than with whole berries, for example.

Advantages and disadvantages of ground pink pepper

Advantages
  • does not need to be further processed
Disadvantages
  • Flavours are lost more quickly
  • there may be undesirable additives

Buying Criteria: You can use these Factors to compare and evaluate Pink Pepper

There are several different brands and types of pink pepper that you can buy in Germany. When looking for the right berries, you should consider the following criteria. This will make it easier for you to identify which pink pepper suits you best.

In the following, we have broken down the individual criteria in more detail so that you can better classify them.

Quality and origin

If you buy pink pepper in Germany, it usually comes from cultivation areas on Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Sometimes you will also find berries that come from Brazil. If possible, make sure that the pepper is grown organically.

Additives

Especially in ground pink pepper or in pepper berries that are preserved in brine, undesirable additives such as flavour enhancers or preservatives may be present.

If you prefer to avoid such additives, you should use whole berries.

Shelf life

When dried as a whole berry or pickled, pink pepper has a practically unlimited shelf life and its aromas do not dissipate.

If you want to use up the pink pepper quickly anyway, you can also use ground berries. Note, however, that a large part of the aromas will dissipate within a few months.

Rosa Pfeffer in Mörser mit Käse

Pink pepper is a very versatile spice (Photo source: pixaby.com/Ekologiskt_Skafferi)

Facts worth knowing about Pink Pepper

How long can pink pepper be stored?

In general, pink pepper can be kept for a relatively long time, especially as a whole berry in dried form. It will keep practically indefinitely. However, as soon as you crush or grind the berries, you should use them up within a few months, otherwise the essential oils and most of the flavours of the berries will dissipate.

Where does pink pepper grow?

Although pink pepper comes from the Brazilian pepper tree, this does not mean that this tree only grows in Brazil. Rather, it is found almost everywhere where it finds a suitable climate.

The Brazilian pepper tree does not tolerate frost, which is why it grows mainly in warmer areas. You can find it almost everywhere in Central and South America, in the south of the USA, but also in Australia and around the Mediterranean. Here it grows mainly in Turkey and Morocco.

What varieties of pepper are there?

As written above, pink pepper is not related to the other pepper varieties. It is more of a berry and not as hot as pepper.

However, in the following table we would like to briefly introduce you to the different types of pepper:

Pepper variety Description Taste Use
Green pepper It is harvested very early, still unripe and with its skin and then pickled in vinegar or brine so that it can be preserved Green pepper has a mild pungency and has a fresh aroma reminiscent of herbs It is often added to sauces, desserts or grilled meat.
Black pepper The black pepper is harvested shortly before ripening. It is then dried in the sun, which gives it its black and wrinkled surface It has a slightly burning pungency with an intense aroma Black pepper is considered an all-rounder and goes well with almost all dishes. From meat, vegetable and fish dishes to soups and salads.
White pepper It is harvested when fully ripe, then watered for about 1 week. The pepper is freed from its pulp and then dried White pepper is particularly hot compared to the other varieties and is neutral It is a popular addition to light soups, sauces and potato dishes, but also to salads.
Red pepper Red pepper is very rare and hard to find. When harvested, it is so ripe that it no longer needs to be dried the taste of red pepper is described as hot, fresh and sweet at the same time red pepper is often used in sweet desserts, among other things.
Long pepper It is also called Bengal pepper or stick pepper and is very hard. Therefore, the elongated pepper should be crushed with a mortar before adding it to the food long pepper is uniquely aromatic and very hot it is mainly suitable for seasoning game, root vegetables and cheese dishes.
Cayenne pepper In biological terms, it is not a pepper variety. It is made from ground chilli peppers Cayenne pepper is extremely hot and is often described as acrid It is often added to meat dishes, fish and seafood as well as soups or ragouts.

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