White pepper is the peppercorn without the husk or shell, while black pepper is the entire peppercorn with the shell intact. White pepper has a sharp, winey, biting flavor, yet tastes subtler and less complex than black pepper. High-quality peppercorns of either type are more aromatic and have more floral, spice and fruit notes than generic ones, and experts recommend freshness for good white pepper, which turns stale and bitter faster than black.
Because of their difference in taste and appearance, white and black pepper are used in distinctly different dish preparations. White pepper is usually found in white sauces so that it looks more “pure,” while black pepper is more common in American kitchens. Using white pepper in light-colored dishes (sauces, mashed potatoes, fish) for aesthetic reasons is a tradition that originated in France. But, white pepper is also used in some cuisines for its specific, milder flavor. White pepper is common in Chinese cooking, Vietnamese soups, pork and many Swedish dishes.
Benefits of White Pepper
Some research suggests White Pepper may have the following benefits:
- Cancer Prevention
- Digestive Health
- Heart Health
- Improves Nutrient Absorption
- Weight Loss