Green, black and white peppercorns all come from the same peppercorn vine, native to India. Green peppercorns are picked young and have a mild flavor. Black peppercorns are left on the vine to ripen and have the most intense “pepper” flavor. White peppercorns are black peppercorns that have been soaked to remove the outer black shell; their flavor is milder than black peppercorns and their white color is useful in light colored sauces. Pink “peppercorns” are not actually peppercorns at all, but are dried berries from a Baies rose plant. Freshly ground peppercorns, no matter which color, are much more flavorful and aromatic than pre-ground pepper. Investing in a good quality pepper grinder and using freshly ground pepper will greatly enhance your food!