Ingredient Name: White pepper, white peppercorn

Traditional Chinese Name:甘草 (gān cǎo)

What is this?

  • The seeds of the pepper plant that are spicy to taste and very small in size (around 1 cm in diameter on average)
  • They differ from the black peppercorn in how they are processed
  • Often used in light colored foods, though the Chinese use this very often in many dishes, soups, stews
  • It is considered to be a warming ingredient

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse quickly in warm water

Where can I buy this?

  • Peppercorn is available commonly in all supermarkets, although the white peppercorn may be more of a challenge to find

What is the cost

  • Extremely affordable

Any benefits?

  • It is said to be anti-toxic and helps with digestion
  • Helps with circulation
  • Stimulates the appetite
  • Contains a good amount of antioxidants (helps with anti-aging)

Any precautions?

  • Consume with moderation
  • Its oils are a potential skin irritant when used in high concentrations