Black Peppercorns | (Piper Nigrum)
It is a member of the Piperaceae family and is processed in a variety of ways to produce different types of peppers.
For example, black pepper is produced from cooked and dried unripe fruit, green pepper from dried and unripe fruit, and white pepper from the seeds of the ripened fruit of the plant.
Pepper is native to South India but widely grown in other tropical countries as well. It has long been regarded as a valuable spice and has played a major role in history, from being utilized as currency in ancient Greece, to the point of becoming a major player in the global spice trade.
Due to the presence of capsaicin and piperine, black pepper is used as a spice in virtually all of the world's cuisines as a pungent, spicy, and warming enhancer for food. Black pepper's appeal is complemented by citrus and wood undertones.
While it's mostly popular in cooking and garnishing in cuisines all over the world, it also has numerous health benefits.
Piperine is a compound found in black pepper, and it has a wide range of beneficial effects on the body. It appears to help with pain, respiration, and inflammation. Piperine appears to increase brain function as well.
The health advantages of black pepper range from strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics to antitoxic properties (in the colon), tumor killing, thyroid support, cold treatment, fever reduction, and many more.
A fantastic finishing spice to top off peppercorn or spice blends, creamy salad dressings, vinaigrettes, sauces or marinades, rubs, pasta dishes, or even cooked vegetables.
◉ Spices should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor.