Tellicherry peppercorns are picked from the vine just before they ripen and turn red. As they dry, the berries turn black. This particularly large, more mature, berry has a full, robust flavor described as almost fruity. Plump and high in piperine and essential oil that gives Tellicherry a clean, aromatic taste, Tellicherry is considered the King of Peppercorns!
Along with salt, pepper is one of the oldest -- and most used -- spices in the world. Native to the eastern coast of southern India, tellicherry peppercorns were a much-prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money. Black pepper was so valuable, it inspired Portugal's efforts to find a sea route to "the Orient" during the Age of Discovery, and consequently to the Portuguese colonial occupation of Asia, as well as the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
Tellicherry peppercorns are also known as black pepper. Black pepper is spicier than white pepper. Use tellicherry peppercorns in your pepper grinder to flavor almost any meat or vegetable dish. We recently even saw a dessert recipe that prominently used tellicherry pepper in a warm confit of pineapple!