Black Pepper

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Black Pepper Benefits

Arab merchants once made-up stores about dragons guarding pepper pits to protect this once valuable spice, and its popularity in medieval Europe helped instigate Columbus’ search for an eastern seat route. Today it is still the most popular spice in the world, but Black Pepper also has been shown to have many health benefits.

Inside The super Spice

Black Pepper

Straight from the Source

Black Pepper

Black pepper, or Piper nigrum, is a flowering vine native to the Malabar Coast of India and is cultivated for its fruit know as peppercorn.

History

Evidence of people using black pepper in its native area dates back 4,000 years, and it became an important staple of overland trade between India and Europe.

The Venetians virtual monopoly on it helped instigate Columbus’ search for an easter sea route.

Today it is still the most popular spice in the world and produced all over Southeast Asia with Vietnam being the largest grower.

Harvest

A pepper plant takes four years to mature but can be harvested for seven years afterwards. The peppercorns are harvested when one or two clusters of fruit on a low-hanging stem begin to turn red. If left for too long on the vine, the plant can be over watered which will destroy the harvest.

Anatomy

The woody climber may reach heights of 33 feet and produces flowers with dense slender spikes of about 50 blossoms each.

Etymology

The word pepper comes from the Old English word pipor that mean long pepper. In the 16th century, people began using pepper to also mean the Capsicum found in the New World.

Black Pepper Benefits

Piperine, the main active compound in black pepper has shown to reduce inflammation and act as a natural pain reliever.

Historical Uses

Ayurvedic doctors in India used black pepper to treat tooth decay, arthritis, heart disease, as well as many other minor ailments.

Other Potential Benefits* of Black Pepper

  • Reduce nerve pain
  • Sooth itchy skin
  • Even skin tone
  • Help with arthritic inflammation

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