Foraging: Pink Pepper

Pink pepper ranks among our favorite foraging finds. Last year we discovered one variety and just recently we found a second type of pink pepper…

Pictured above are berries and leaves from the Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius), originally native to South America and now found as an ornamental shrub (and invasive species) in California, Texas, and Florida.

Besides the different leaf shape, the Brazilian "peppercorns" we foraged in Southern California were a bit smaller and sweeter than the Peruvian ones we've found. We plan to use them them in recipes like Pink Pepper Goat Cheese Spread, Pink Pepper Marinated Olives, and sprinkled on top of shortbread.

How do you like to use pink pepper? Have you seen the Brazilian or Peruvian trees in your area?

(Note: We have read that some people are allergic to the fruit and/or leaves. As with anything, pay attention to your body's reactions when foraging and eating.)

More information:
Brazilian peppertree, from USDA

Related: What's The Deal With Green, Black, White, and Pink Peppercorns?

(Image: Emily Ho)

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