hake it, baby! Have you ever wondered about the humble transformation of the pepper vine creepers to the pepper powder used in your mother-in-law's creepy dishes? The pepper vines are propagated by cuttings about 50cm long tied up to a rough central pole for the creepers to climb. The vines bear fruit from the 3rd-5th year, and continue to bear fruit for 7 years.
White peppercorn is not from a different plant. It simply consists of the white seed only, with the berry removed by soaking ripe berries in water for a week. Rubbing the soften berry removes the fruit and the seed is dried. Sometimes white peppercorns are derived by removing the outer layer from black peppercorns produced from unripe berries.
Meanwhile, please excuse me and pass the black pepper for my ding pian hu dish.