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Black Pepper

Black pepper is a flowering vine, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. Black pepper is native to south India, and is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions...


Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes of the pepper plant. The drupes are cooked briefly in hot water, both to clean them and to prepare them for drying. 

The drupes are dried in the sun or by machine for several days, during which the pepper around the seed shrinks and darkens into a thin, wrinkled black layer...


A riddle authored by Saint Aldhelm, a 7th-century Bishop of Sherborne, sheds some light on black pepper's role in England at that time:
I am black on the outside, clad in a wrinkled cover,
    Yet within I bear a burning marrow.
    I season delicacies, the banquets of kings, and the luxuries of the table,
    Both the sauces and the tenderized meats of the kitchen.
    But you will find in me no quality of any worth,
    Unless your bowels have been rattled by my gleaming marrow.



Like many eastern spices, pepper was historically both a seasoning and a medicine. It is believed to cure illness such as constipation, diarrhea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver problems, lung disease, oral abscesses, sunburn, tooth decay, and toothaches. It is also used as a home remedy for relief from sore throat, throat congestion, cough etc.

Visit the wikipedia page to know more.

36 comments:

  1. I used fresh ground pepper in a lot of my cooking. It's fun to learn more about this ubiquitous spice.

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  2. Interesting information and a beautiful picture.

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  3. Beautiful photos and interesting facts. As a child growing up in Canada, I failed to appreciate pepper in its insipid pre-ground form, which was the common in North America in the middle of the last century. What a treat to finally encounter its true flavour as the pepper mill has become more prevalent. All hail thee, noble Piper nigrum!

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  4. I am jealous of your macro lens. Nice shots!

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  5. Very cool. I have never seen a pepper plant before. I learned something new today. Thanks.
    Happy SIMC, jj

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  6. Thank you for a great post and the history behind this every day spice we use without even a thought.

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  7. Gorgeous photos and I love black pepper, can't live without the hot spices in my life.

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  8. Interesting post about a spice most of us couldn't live without.

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  9. Great shots of the pepper plant and its fruit! I love freshly ground black pepper.

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  10. Love your shots and information on the pepper, enjoyed the post

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  11. Great idea to use peppercorns! And I didn't know they grew as a drupe!

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  12. Excellent shots, and also info!!

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  13. Wow! Very well presented! Excellent shots!

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  14. My goodness, I had no idea that pepper was such a cure all. I do like it...and your informative and colorful article, Mr. Shiju!

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  15. Superb photos! This season I got a few pepper corns; put them in lemon pickle along with green chillies.

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  16. Imagine black pepper coming from such a beautiful, colourful plant. I like your image very much - especially the heightened colour and composition. Thank you so much for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  17. Great photos of my favorite spice!

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  18. Really interesting..great pictures of the peppers :)

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  19. Great pictures and very interesting!

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  20. very interesting...and great pics!

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  21. Nice macro photos! Your photos just keep getting better and better. Keep it up!
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  22. The plant is beautiful, and I never would have thought that black pepper looks like that before it's dried.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  23. I didn't know the plant of the dried peppercorns I usually see can be this beautiful.

    Glad you decided to share it on Orange you glad it's Friday. Thanks for joining and I hope to see you again next weekend.

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  25. Great shots and post. Thanks for sharing with us, have a great weekend!

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  26. Thanks for that informative post, I had no idea pepper was so interesting! That last photo is terrific!

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  27. Great capture of the black pepper. I used to have a black pepper plant at my aunt's lawn decades ago.

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  28. Beautiful! Compliments for dishing out a apt riddle

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