Whole Black Peppercorn
Whole Black Peppercorn

Whole Black Peppercorn

Where to even begin with this fierce, herbaceous staple? These small, spiky beads are the origin of black pepper—when freshly ground, they release a rich bite that can either be the star of a cacio e pepe or a supporting character in everything from roast chicken to fresh salads. Fruitiness is a hallmark of the best ones, which makes sense, considering they’re actually a dried berry traditionally grown in hot locations, such as Southern India and Sri Lanka.