Harvested from a flowering vine (Piper nigrum), Tellicherry Peppercorns are left on the vine longer – just before they ripen and turn red – to develop a sweet balanced flavor with a complex aroma. Considered the finest pepper in the world, these extra-large berries come from the Tellicherry Hills of India and have a robust flavor some describe as fruity and citrusy with notes of pine. Many chefs like the deep, rich heat of Tellicherry Peppercorns for certain applications, while they may prefer the milder, somewhat fermented flavor of Malabar Black Pepper for other uses.
Suggestions: Tellicherry Peppercorns are the ultimate table pepper. Keep in mind all herbs and spices are best when ground fresh. The outer shell of the peppercorn serves to seal in freshness, and once this protection is lost, flavor diminishes rapidly. Some claim to notice a difference within 30 minutes; most agree much of the aroma and flavor is lost within 30 days of being ground. Use this to season Piedmontese Beef Tomahawk Ribeye (Tomahawk Steak).
More About Tellicherry Peppercorns
Tellicherry Peppercorns are like San Marzano Tomatoes: they need to come from Tellicherry – a city on the Malabar Coast of India.