By: Allrecipes Staff
Black and white pepper are both obtained from the small dried berry of the vine Piper nigrum.
For white pepper, the berry is picked when fully ripe. The outer layer of shunken skin is removed,
leaving the dried, grayish-white kernel. It has a milder, more delicate flavor than black pepper.
White pepper is used whole in pickling spices and marinades. Ground white pepper is used in
light-colored foods such as sauces and cream soups. It is especially popular in European cuisine.
The major exporter of white pepper is Indonesia, but other important sources are Malaysia (Sawawak)
and Brazil. Indonesian or Muntok white pepper has a good overall appearance and distinctive flavor.
Sarawak pepper is bolder and more uniform in color than the Muntok variety, but little is imported into
the United States. Brazilian pepper is the mildest-flavored white pepper.
Piper nigrum, pepper vine, peppercorns
Flavor & Aroma Penetrating and pungent
Although white pepper is milder-flavored than black pepper, it is generally characterized by a sharp
penetrating aroma and a hot pungent taste. Its flavor can be described by piney, woody, and terpeney
notes. White pepper also has a skunky/barnyard note which helps to differentiate it from black pepper.
ground white peppercorns
[ FEE-lay; fih-LAY ]
Choctaw Indians from the Louisiana bayou country are said to have been the first users of this seasoning
made from the ground, dried leaves of the sassafras tree. It’s since become an integral part of CREOLE
COOKING and is used to thicken and flavor GUMBOS and other Creole dishes. Filé has a woodsy
flavor reminiscent of root beer. It must be stirred into a dish after it’s removed from the heat because undue
cooking makes filé tough and stringy. Filé powder is available in the spice or gourmet section of most large
supermarkets. As with all spices, it should be stored in a cool, dark place for no more than 6 months.
© Copyright Barron’s Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on THE FOOD LOVER’S COMPANION,
2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.
By: Allrecipes Staff
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Chipotle chile is the dried and smoked fruit of Capsicum annum, known as jalapeño.
The product is made from chile peppers grown in northern and southern Mexico.
Chipotle has a distinctive, smoky, sweet, meaty flavor with a moderately high heat level.
Chipotle chiles are used to season Mexican and Central American cuisine. Chipotles are
used in chili, snack seasonings and Tex-Mex cuisine.
Chipotle chiles are produced in northern and southern Mexico.
Flavor & Aroma
Sweet, smoky, moderately hot and biting
Chipotle chile is characterized by moderate heat and smoky jalapeño and biting notes.
From: Allrecipes Staff