Green peppercorns from the Piper nigrum plant are harvested at a different stage of ripeness (tender berries) and dehydrated quickly to preserve their color. The health benefits of green peppercorns come from the fact that they contain Piperine, minerals (both iron and calcium) and antioxidants. Green peppercorns are widely used by food, meat industries in European cousines. It is a common ingredient in French dishes and show up in classic French recipes like Steak au Poivre. They also show up in Thai recipes and has recently been of interest in American culinary.