Black Pepper

Black pepper 4 the soul is indigenous only to Kerala, a province in southwest India. References to pepper appear in Greek and Roman texts, suggesting an ancient trade between India and the West. It was one of the very first items of commerce between India and Europe. Back then, it was considered as king of spices (Black Gold). Botanical name of Black Pepper is Piper nigrum. It is also called a pepper. Pepper is mainly a fruit of the Piperaceae plant family.

Black Pepper

Black pepper 4 the soul is indigenous only to Kerala, a province in southwest India. References to pepper appear in Greek and Roman texts, suggesting an ancient trade between India and the West.

It was one of the very first items of commerce between India and Europe. Back then, it was considered as king of spices (Black Gold). Botanical name of Black Pepper is Piper nigrum. It is also called a pepper. Pepper is mainly a fruit of the Piperaceae plant family.

Benefits

Why use Black Pepper?​

Black pepper is an important healthy food owing to its antioxidant, antimicrobial potential and gastro-protective modules.

Black pepper has antibiotic properties, prevents bacterial infections, good reliever during cold & cough, helps in boosting metabolism and good for dental health.
Black pepper, with piperine as an active ingredient, holds rich phytochemistry that also includes volatile oil, oleoresins, and alkaloids. One tablespoon (6 grams) of ground black pepper contains moderate amounts of vitamin K (13% of the daily value or DV), iron (10% DV) and manganese (18% DV), with trace amounts of other essential nutrients, protein, and dietary fibre.
Recipe

How to use Black Pepper?

Black pepper gets its spicy heat mostly from piperine derived from both the outer fruit and the seed. Black pepper contains between 4.6 and 9.7% piperine by mass. This can be used as dressing to any food or to get some spicy flavor.

Hereby a sample recipe for your healthy breakfast:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Goat cheese
  • Your favorite fruit or vegetable
  • Black pepper
  • Salt as per your taste

Take the bread and put the goat cheese on it. Then add your favorite fruit or vegetable. Top it off with black pepper and salt.

Origins

Where does Black Pepper come from?

In India, black pepper is mainly grown in Kerala, TamilNadu, Karnataka, Konkan, Pondicherry & Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India is #1 producer, consumer and exporter of black pepper in the world. Kerala itself produces 90% of the total production.

Harvest

When is Black Pepper grown?

Black pepper thrives best in tropical hot and humid climatic conditions. It requires about 200 cm of annual rainfall. The ideal temperature for its successful growth is between 10°C and 40°C.
This spice can be successfully cultivated at 1400 m above sea level. A dry spell of at least a month before flowering is needed for fruit to set. Due to its climbing nature, black pepper plants need some kind of support. In monocrop, the support might be a tree or any fixed pole.
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