white pepper


: a pungent condiment that consists of the fruit of a pepper plant (Piper nigrum) ground after the black husk has been removed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rub the chicken with the sesame oil, salt and white pepper. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 The farm and palenque (mezcal distillery) where Vega sources her brand's agave, La Curva, produces a liquor that has a light smoke with undertones of fruit and a white pepper—a bit softer than its competitors while still honoring the traditional mezcal bite. Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 Explosively savory, its rich flavor is boosted by roasted chicken stock, ginger, and white pepper, with slivers of scallion sprinkled throughout. Jenny Liao, Bon Appétit, 8 June 2022 Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black or white pepper, and toss again until everything is well mixed. Hetty Lui Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 15 Feb. 2023 In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce and ½ teaspoon white pepper. Kelly Brant, Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2022 In the 1600s, colonizers from the Netherlands, who took control of the Spice Islands in what is now Indonesia, added cardamom and white pepper to the main ingredients to create a similar concoction called Speculaaskruiden, which remains a popular flavor in some Dutch desserts. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 According to a bit of culinary forensics by the Chicago Tribune in 2016, the recipe goes heavy on the paprika and white pepper, and the version sold in stores has a secret 12th flavor enhancer: MSG (this column, for the record, loves the stuff and will not tolerate any MSG slander). Vulture, 24 June 2022 Assemblage #3 is delightful with pleasant complexity of spices like white pepper and nutmeg followed by subtle tropical fruitiness like pineapple and banana. Akiko Katayama, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white pepper was in the 14th century

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“White pepper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20pepper. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

white pepper

: a seasoning with a sharp flavor that is prepared by grinding the fruit of the Indian pepper after the black outer husk is removed

Medical Definition

white pepper

: a condiment that consists of the fruit of an Indian plant of the genus Piper (P. nigrum) ground after the black husk has been removed

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