Pink peppercorns are appearing in dishes across the U.S. The spice, best known for appearing in multi-colored pepper grinders, is actually a member of the cashew family. The dried berries of the Peruvian pepper treeare showing up in sophisticated dishes and drinks.

For example, Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto in Washington, D.C., is using ground peppercorns to top a mixed drink concocted from coconut cream and rum. Gerardo Gonzalez of New York City's Lalito restaurant uses the spice on candied peanuts tossed with dehydrated strawberries. The spice can also be used to top pastas and crudos, reports Food & WineFull Story

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