Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes of the pepper plant. Peppercorns (dried black pepper) are, by monetary value, the most widely traded spice in the world. Pepper gets its spicy heat mostly from piperine derived both from the outer fruit and the seed.
So we had a customer request a big bag of Black Peppercorns then not need them... So on sale they go :-) *Whilst stocks last only.
Product of Vietnam.