This perky peppercorn blend is a colorful and multi-layered mixture of red, black, green, and brown peppercorns with sweet undertones. It has a hot, pungent taste and is often used as a supplement for black pepper. Use whole or in a peppermill for an attractive tabletop addition. Mixed Peppercorn Melange is excellent with pork, beef, and chicken. Grind it into meat and poultry sauces. Freshly grind or crush to add color and peppery heat that ranges from sharp to sweet.
Pepper is the perennial climbing vine grown in various parts of the world for its berries. One of the earliest spices, pepper is the most widely sold spice in the world. Pepper early became an important article of overland trade between India and Europe. Mixed peppercorns became a medium of exchange, and tributes were levied in pepper in ancient Greece and Rome. In the Middle Ages the Venetians and the Genoese became the main distributors, their virtual monopoly of the trade helping instigate the search for an eastern sea route.