What are pink peppercorns?
What are the varieties of pink peppercorns and their differences?
What is the particularity of the pink peppercorn from Madagascar?
How is pink peppercorn produced?
The production of pink peppercorns in Madagascar is a meticulous process. The harvesting of Pink peppercorn berries takes place when the berries are fully ripe and have a beautiful bright red color. The pink peppercorns are harvested in small clusters, dried in the shade, and sorted. Sorting is a crucial step for producers. Although there is considerable loss, it is necessary to achieve commercially acceptable quality. The use of tweezers is often necessary during the final sorting to achieve optimal quality, including good color uniformity, size, and appearance.
Where is pink peppercorn cultivated in Madagascar?
In Madagascar, the cultivation of pink peppercorns dates back to the 19th century with the arrival of Creole settlers on the high plateaus. These Reunionese settlers established themselves west of the capital, in the region along the Sakay River. The Bongolava region is currently one of the major producers of Pink peppercorn berries in Madagascar. There are also plantations in the Antsinanana regions (in the eastern part of Madagascar), Antsimo-Antsinanana (in the southeast), and Anosy (in the south). There are two types of plantations: spontaneous plantations where trees grow wild without specific care and more managed orchard-like plantations (pruning, weeding, and fertilization) to facilitate harvesting and maintain good yields.
What is the culinary use of pink peppercorn?
Pink peppercorn berries are used in cooking as a spice, similar to pepper, cinnamon, saffron, etc. Pink peppercorns have a taste that is challenging to describe, unlike regular pepper. In addition to the warm flavor of pepper, pink peppercorns have a slightly sweet and aniseed taste that complements various preparations. Pink peppercorns are perfect for enhancing all kinds of dishes, especially on special occasions due to their higher price compared to regular pepper. It is often used in recipes with meat, fish, seafood, duck breast, etc. With its slightly aniseed flavor, pink peppercorns bring freshness to sauces, marinades, salads, soups, and cheeses. They are also commonly paired with fruits in desserts.
What is the use of pink peppercorn in aromatherapy?
The use of Pink peppercorn berries is not limited to the kitchen. It has several interesting properties for our health, whether ingested as a spice or used in aromatherapy. Pink peppercorns are known for their anti-inflammatory, circulatory, expectorant, antiseptic, tonic, and antibacterial properties. In aromatherapy, pink peppercorn essential oil is used to alleviate various ailments. The essential oil of pink peppercorn is known to relieve digestive disorders (bloating, colic, nausea), gastric issues, respiratory problems (cold, cough), muscular problems (aches, tendinitis), and joint problems (arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism). Athletes also use pink peppercorn essential oil to prepare their muscles for exertion. When mixed with other essential oils, pink peppercorn essential oil can purify the air in the home.
What is the use of pink peppercorn in perfumery?
The use of spices is common in perfumery to add freshness or nuance certain notes. Like regular pepper, pink peppercorn is used in both feminine and masculine perfumes. The aroma of pink peppercorn acts as a top note, while regular pepper is present in the top, heart, and base notes of the perfume. Perfumers find in Pink peppercorn berries a spicy and lemony aroma, with notes of bergamot and lavender. The spicy and delicate fragrance of pink peppercorn contributes to the composition of floral, oriental, and woody-spicy perfumes. Lancôme’s Miracle is one of the first perfumes to use spicy and aromatic notes.