Black pepper comes from Piper nigrum, a tropical, vine that produces flowers and eventually berries at maturity, which can take up to four years. The so-called berries are what we know as peppercorns. They are one of the most commonly used spices in the world, enhancing a variety of foods and drinks.
Pepper’s distinct flavor is a unique, sharp taste with a hint of pine and wood flavors
It also delivers a warm, spicy sensation when added to beverages like chai tea and coffee. Whole Black peppercorns can be crushed to mix with other spices or to sprinkle on your favorite dishes.
Note: The term “mesh” refers to the coarseness of ground pepper, which can range from a fine shake to large granules. (The term literally refers to the size of the holes in the mesh screen through which the spice passes while it is ground.)
The higher the number, the finer the pepper. Similarly, a mesh of 12 indicates a grind between coarse and cracked.
12 Mesh, 30 Mesh (Fine), 20 Mesh, 16 Mesh