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Our pure black pepper is the most widely used seasoning on Earth. It delivers a mild kick of heat that highlights rather than overwhelms other flavors.
Native to the Malabar Coast of India, McCormick Black Pepper comes from the mature berries of the evergreen vine Piper nigrum. From plantation to package, we monitor the process every step of the way to ensure that every bottle delivers consistent sharp aroma and earthy flavor. In ancient times, peppercorns were rare and valuable. They were used as currency to pay dowries and even rent. Although no longer used as money, pure black pepper is still one of the world’s most valued and beloved spices in all types of food.
Black pepper is mostly grown in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Vietnam. For McCormick Black Pepper, whole clusters of near-ripe berries are harvested by hand before being dried and ground. The result is nothing but pure pepper in every bottle.
How long black pepper lasts can vary depending on the way it is stored and the form in which it is purchased. Whole peppercorns can last for roughly 3 to 4 years and ground black pepper is best for about 2 years. Pepper does not necessarily spoil like dairy products but can lose its optimal flavor over time. It is recommended to follow the date provided on the package for optimal quality. Check out how long spices last for your other favorite spices.
Add some more flavor to your meals with these herbs and spices. They go great with black pepper.
Keep black pepper in a place where it’s away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. It is recommended to have spices away from the stove or sink and kept in a dark cabinet or spice drawer to help retain the quality of the black pepper. Same rules apply for spice racks for keeping it away from the stove and sink but also keep it away from direct sunlight.
McCormick Black Pepper in the bottle brings a touch of heat that pairs with other herbs and spices without overpowering the palette
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