Green peppercorns are hand picked from the same vine, Piper
Nigrum, that produces black and white peppercorn. These three types of peppercorns differ on the way
they were picked and handled. While black peppercorn is hand picked when not yet ripe, and white peppercorns
are hand picked when the berries are fully ripened, green peppercorns are hand picked while the fruit is
still immature and packed in brine.
Green peppercorns can be bought in the market fresh,
dried or preserved in brine or vinegar solution. They are always bought whole. They can be
preserved in vinegar solution for a number of weeks in the refrigerator after opening the bottle. Just make
sure that the peppercorns remain covered with liquid for them to stay fresh and flavorful.
Green peppercorns should be rinsed in cold water before
using them. You can use green peppercorns in any dish that you can add black peppercorns to, it's just that they
have a milder flavor compared to black and white peppercorns and can give elegant flavor to your dishes. It
compliments the taste and enhances the flavor of steamed fish. You can also try green peppercorns on salads,
steamed vegetables, sauces and fruity tasting foods. French and Thai cuisines are well known for their dishes
using green peppercorns.
Just like the other two types of peppercorns, green
peppercorns also has its health benefits. Since they are all from one fruit, peppercorns no matter what
color, is a good antioxidant. Peppercorns helps in reducing the amount of gas in the intestines thus prevents
bloating and flatulence. It also helps to prevent bacteria from developing in our intestinal
Although it can stimulate digestive secretions, which
results to good digestion, green peppercorns should be used in moderation since they also have the tendency to be
an irritant if taken uncontrollably.