Black peppercorns grow in bunches like grapes, going from green to yellow to deep red as they ripen. Generally, they’re harvested when they’re orange, and the fruit of the peppercorn turns black as it dries. Only the most skilled farmers can time their harvest when the peppers are truly ripe – if they wait even a day too long to harvest, and the fruit rots and the crop is ruined.
One of our partner farms (click to see the farm, then zoom all the way in) produced a micro lot of vine-ripened purple peppercorns, and we got so excited that we bought it on the spot. They have the signature lingering burn of Zanzibar Peppercorns, but with the sweet, fruity complexity of strawberries and cacao. We only have a limited amount of these special peppercorns, so make sure to grab yours!