When people add salt and pepper to say chips, which pepper is it typically?

I had chicken and chips recently with pepper and it was black colour bits, would it have been black pepper?

  • If the black bits were pepper, it was probably black pepper. Are you sure the black bits were pepper and not something else?
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 5:13

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It is typically black pepper. The two common black varieties are Tellicherry and Malabar. The peppercorn is the fruit of a flowering vine that is harvested when it is red, and ripe. Each fruit contains one seed, which is dried and then packaged whole or ground.

  • Occasionally white pepper gets used. Almost never the red ones. Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 0:28
  • No, the peppercorn is the dried fruit. It's a drupe fruit (aka "stone fruit"), which contains a single seed in its centre. Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 15:50

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