A pinch of black pepper is added to almost every type of
recipe imaginable. Once used as currency and presented to the gods as a sacred
offering, it is fortunate that this most popular of spices is available
throughout the year.
Black pepper comes from the pepper plant, a smooth woody
vine that can grow up to 33 feet in hot and humid tropical climates. They begin
to bear small white clustered flowers after 3 to 4 years and develop into
berries known as peppercorns. Ground peppercorns produce the spice we call
benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the
common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotency, muscular strains,
dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease.
pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is
used as both a spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, which is present in
black pepper, causes the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state
Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely traded spices in
the world. It is not considered a seasonal plant and is therefore available
throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a
peppercorn, and is then ground into a powder to be put on food to add flavour
its antibacterial properties, pepper is also used to preserve food. It is a
rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary
fiber. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.
to Ayurvedic medicine, black pepper also helps to prevent ear-aches and
gangrene. It is also good for conditions of hernia, hoarseness and insect
bites. It is also commonly used to treat conditions of tooth decay and
toothache. In ancient times, pepper was also administered to treat vision
cause sneezing. Patients who have undergone abdominal surgery should not add
excessive pepper to their diet because it can have an irritating effect on the
intestines. Black pepper should not be taken in high concentrations, and if you
show signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue its use and consult a doctor!