Black pepper plant is a well-known spice plant that it is widely used for its spicy flavor in seasoning and flavoring cuisines all across the globe. Black pepper is a spice that will be found in almost all the restaurants and kitchen, in fact, it is one of the most commonly used spice.
It is a condiment that is derived from the pepper plant native to India, Java and Sunda islands. The usage of pepper dates back to 1000 B.C and is mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit literature. The word “pepper” also comes from the Sanskrit word “pippali” meaning berry. (source)
Different types of pepper found in the Indian Market:
The varieties of pepper we see in the market come from the same plant. What makes them different is the stage when they are yield or harvested.
- Black peppercorn: It is the most pungent of all the other peppercorn. It is dried form of the ripened reddish-brown peppercorn.
- Green peppercorns: This peppercorn has a pungent yet a fruity flavor.
- White peppercorns: This variety of peppercorn is basically the matured peppercorn with the husk removed. It is usually added to soups and gravies.
- Red peppercorns: This peppercorn comes from fully matured fruit and is very rare.
- Grey peppercorns: This variety is simply a blend of white and black peppercorns.
The Black pepper spice has pungent and spicy flavor and can elevate the taste of both sweet and savory recipes. It always works perfectly as a seasoning spice and we all love it. Black pepper spice is so common that we often forget that this spice has a lot of interesting facts and history associated with it. With this article, we want to show you some of the back stories attributed to this infamous spice.
Hope you found these facts on Black pepper interesting! We also found out that with the changing food trends the black pepper spice is also used in desserts with chocolate, pineapple, vanilla, and strawberries. The infamous masala chai also has black pepper spice as one of the condiments for flavoring the chai.
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