These are high quality, naturally cleaned Sarawak whole white peppercorns.
All true pepper whether black, white, green or pink comes from the berries of a tropical evergreen vine. Black peppercorns are the green unripe peppercorns picked from the vine and dried in the sun. The natural enzymes in the outer husk (pericarp) of the peppercorns turn the green berries black on drying, forming the volatile oil which gives black pepper its characteristic flavour. Green peppercorns are picked green and either put into brine or freeze-dried to prevent the enzyme reaction from turning the pericarp black.
Herbie’s White pepper is made by soaking the nearly ripe peppercorns in water, then rubbing them to remove the pericarp before drying them. White pepper is hotter than black due to the piperine content, however it lacks the “oily” taste found in black pepper. Pink peppercorns are the fully ripe berries which are generally put into brine to prevent the enzyme reaction from turning them black.
Produce of Vietnam packed in Australia.