Red Peppercorns

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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red peppercorns (or pink peppercorns) which enjoyed a vogue as a spice in the last decades of the 20th century are not related to the common black pepper but come from a different plant, Schinus terebinthifolius. This is indigenous to Brazil, where it is known as aroreira, but since the 19th century has been widely diffused in other tropical areas. It is also called Brazilian pepper tree, Christmas-berry, and Florida holly. In the French island of Réunion it is known as poivrier, sorbier, or incense.