Black peppercorns come from the common pepper plant (Piper nigrum), a flowering tropical plant that produces tiny berries. These berries can be harvested and processed at various stages of maturity to achieve different flavors and colors. Black peppercorns are harvested at full maturity, but before they ripen. When picked, they are greenish yellow in color. The peppercorns are then briefly boiled and allowed to dry and ferment until they become wrinkled, black and very aromatic, with a moderately hot, warming flavor.
These are the smoked version of these peppercorns and are a great addition to what you are cooking. Grind and Use as a finishing pepper or add to rubs, Great on grilled meat and vegetables, add to salsa for a smoky kick, grind and add to Bloody Marys or add to soups or stews during the final stages to maximize flavors.