Name: Piper nigrum. Pepper at this stage of ripeness has undergone the most elaborate production process a peppercorn can undergo. After harvesting the ripe pepper berries, they are soaked in water for several days. The skin softens and is then removed by a mechanical process.
When the aromatic shell is removed, most of the aroma is lost – the pepperiness remains! Before the chili – thanks to Columbus and Co – came to Asia, the spiciness of dishes in Asian cuisine was produced exclusively by using white pepper.