Pepper, especially black pepper, is indeed a kitchen staple. The peppery flavour is enough to add zing to our food. Pepper is an essential spice that can enhance the taste of any cuisine. But did you know there is another kind of pepper? White pepper is the berry of the Piper nigrum plant. The main distinction between the two is in the processing.
White pepper comes from black pepper. Black pepper is known as the “King of Spices.” And this King of spices comes with another excellent culinary companion. That is white pepper. As the name rightfully suggests, white pepper comes in white and grey hues. They are similar in shape to black pepper.
White pepper offers an array of health benefits and culinary uses. White pepper is scientifically known as Piper Nigrum and comes from the Piperaceae family. White pepper brilliantly complements the flavour of any recipe. So, if you are a fan of black pepper, white pepper will be the perfect addition to your spice cabinet.
White pepper is often used in dishes that need a peppery bite but where you don't want black flecks, such as in white sauces and potato dishes. In Chinese cuisine, ground white pepper is used to add flavour to soups, marinades for meat and poultry, and spicier stir-fries.