'Black Pepper' on Serious Eats

Taste Test: A Guide to Black Pepper

There's no shortage of places to get your black pepper from; as one of the world's most popular spices, it's grown all across the world's spice regions, from India to Indonesia to Ecuador and Brazil. We don't talk much about terroir when it comes to spices, but it's worth thinking about. After all, peppercorns are fruits just like grapes, and soil, growing conditions, and variety of peppercorn are all going to have an impact on flavor profile. How strong are these flavor differences, and how do they pan out with food? We tasted peppercorns from seven major growing regions to find out. More

Black Pepper: Friend or Foe?

A few foods can almost always benefit from a dusting of the stuff. But when dealing with most meals, treat pepper the way you would any herb or spice: think (and taste) before you pepper. More

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