These are our basic black peppercorns. Black peppercorns are the immature fruit of the piper nigrum plant. They are picked when they are green and unripe, and are sun-dried, a process which ferments the berry and turns it hard and black.
Peppercorns lose their aroma and flavour VERY quickly when ground, so you should always buy whole and grind fresh when needed. Luckily, it’s become pretty commonplace for people to use a pepper mill at home. Most mills can be adjusted so you can get just the fineness of grind you prefer. You can also crack peppercorns in a mortar and press into meats before roasting or grilling.
We offer several consistencies of ground black pepper for those who don’t have a grinder or who want the convenience of pre-ground. For ground pepper, please see Black Pepper, Ground.