Pink berries These fruits, improperly called "pepper" because they belong to the Anacardiaceae botanical family and not the Piperaceae family, are also known as: Rose pepper, false pepper, American pepper, Peruvian pepper, Bourbon pepper, Brazilian pepper etc.
Dehydrated pink berries
Native to Brazil, its close relative, Schinus molle, is native to Peru. The main producer countries are Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and French Guiana. It was introduced into Florida where it grows in the wild today. It is an elegant and decorative tree, a relation to the mastic and planted along the streets all around the Mediterranean.
The emergence of this spice in our cuisine is very recent. It made a big entry with the "nouvelle cuisine" trend. It should be mentioned that it is slightly indigestible and if consumed in high quantities is slightly toxic
It can only withstand very gentle cooking, such as baking in foil and doesn't work well with sour flavours. It is suitable for creamy sauces for white meats, poultry or kidneys and it works well with tartars or marinated fish, particularly salmon, trout, arctic char or shellfish.