Pink pepper: properties, use, nutritional values

Il pink pepper is a spice obtained from the fruit of Shinus molle, a tree from Latin America. From action diuretics and stomachic, it is useful against toothache and menstrual cramps. Let's find out better

> Description of the plant

> Properties and benefits of pink pepper

> Calories and nutritional values ​​of pink pepper

> Use in the kitchen

> Curiosities about pink pepper



Description of the plant

Il pink pepper in reality it's not really pepper.
Unlike black, white and green pepper, which are the (differently processed) fruits of Piper nigrum, pink pepper is the fruit of an evergreen tree called Shinus molle, native to Latin America.

The fruit that comes from Shinus molle has the characteristic pink color and it is very similar in shape to a pepper berry, which is why it is commonly called pink pepper o fake pepe while having a completely different and much more delicate and sweet flavor.


Properties and benefits of pink pepper

Pink pepper aids digestion as it is stomachico, tonic e stimulant.

For its antiseptic power it has been used in folk medicine to treat wounds and infections.

It also has diuretic properties and it seems effective in the treatment of toothache, gods rheumatism and for menstrual pain.


Calories and nutritional values ​​of pink pepper

3 pink pepper berries contain only 1 kcal.

Furthermore, these fruits also contain resins, tannin, glucose and gum-resins which have a purgative and antigout action.


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Use in the kitchen

Pink pepper is pretty sensitive and its aroma is sweet and spicy with notes of lemon and strawberry.
Perfect for flavoring dishes based on fish, but above all carpaccio of swordfish, tuna or salmon.
It is an excellent component of yoghurt, butter, mascarpone or fruit based sauces.
His so rich and bright color makes this pepper an excellent spice that gives elegance and liveliness to dishes, perfect for preparing original risottos or particular desserts.

Pink pepper is, together with black, white and green pepper, one of the spices that make up the famous one Creole mixture.

In Ecuador pink peppercorns are very popular as a condiment for dishes but also for flavoring spirit and vinegar, in Chile flavor the wine, while in Mexico it is used in the preparation of the pulque, a very ancient alcoholic drink considered sacred.

Prepare a pink pepper sauce to garnish our dishes in an original way while flavoring them with the sweet fragrance of this spice is very simple:


  • 50gr of butter
  • 4 teaspoons of crushed pink pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 2 finely chopped dried tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh cream

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add pepper, chilli and dried tomatoes. Cook for a couple of minutes over low heat, stirring constantly and finally add the cream.


Curiosity about pink pepper

In Mexico it is called Anacahuita, while in the Andes plateau it is known as Quechua of Gualeguay.



The varieties of pepper and their use




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