Whole black pepper, sometimes known as peppercorns, is the unripened fruit of the pepper vine.
The primary use for Whole Black Pepper is in pepper mills. It can also be used in pickling spices for pickles and sauerbraten. It is often used in crab and seafood boils so the spices do not stick to the shellfish. Use as a bouquet garni - put whole spices in cheesecloth and simmer when making stocks or sauces.
Whole Black Pepper should be added to dishes which are slowly cooked. This allows the full flavor of the peppercorn to be released. Peppercorns may be removed before serving. Use a pepper grinder to grind Whole Black Pepper. Use 1/8 tsp. per serving.