Definition: This "peppercorn" is actually the fruit of an ornamental tree native to Peru, the Schinus molle. These peppercorns were traditionally used for medicinal purposes, or to make a fermented drink called chicha. They are now grown in other tropical countries and exported as a spice, either dried or preserved in brine, or added to peppercorn mixes because of their beautiful color. The most commonly exported pink peppercorn is from the very similat Brazilian species Schinus terebinthifolius. They have a mildly spicy, sweet, citrus flavor that is great for sauces. They should not be eaten in large quantities, as they can cause intestinal or respiratory reactions in some people.
Also Known As: pimienta falsa