Pink peppercorns are the dried berries of the shrub Schinus molle, also known as the Peruvian peppertree. Pink peppercorns are not actually related to black peppercorns, but get their name from the similarities in look and their peppery flavor. Pink peppercorns are light and delicate. They crush very easily and are almost hollow. Pink peppercorns are from the genus Piper which is related to the cashew family. For this reason, you should use caution when using Pink peppercorns around any person who has an allergy to nuts.
Pink peppercorns are most frequently used in Peppercorn blends such as our Gourmet Peppercorn Mixer. They are prized for their spectacular reddish color (some folks call them red peppercorns) and the burst of flavor that they can add to almost any dish.