Thursday, June 8, 2006


Pepper for "Mistress of Spices" event.

Pepper is "King of Spices" GPiper nigrum varieties: Black, White, Green
Fam: Piperaceae
Schinus terebinthifolius: Pink Pepper
Family : Anacardiaceae
Other names of " Black Pepper " in French: poivre, German: Pfeffer, Italian: pepe nero,Spanish: pimienta negra,Sanskrit :Pippali
Arabic: filfil,Indian: gol/kala,i, mir(i)ch(i),Indonesian: merica hitam, meritja,Lao: phik noi,Malay: ladahitam,Thai:prikki tai

Native to the Malabar coast of India and also cultivated in Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Madagascar. It was cultivated in Indonesia as early as the 13th century and in Sri Lanka and Combodia since the 18th century. The earliest record of pepper cultivation in Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia) is in 1856 in Ulu Limbang.

Medicinal uses:
A compound powder consisting of pepper, ginger, long pepper, caraway and rock salt in equal parts is a nice digestive, after food in doses of ½ to one 1 drachmasPepper corns boiled in water along with basil leaves, are said to relieve chest congestions and asthmatic condition.

Aromatherapy Use: Massage mainly - excellent for muscle pains and stiffness. Can be used to treat sports injuries.
For colds and flu, it can be taken as a steam inhalation, combined with eucalyptus or marjoram.

Therapeutic Use: Not compatible with homeopathic treatment.
Circulation : anemia, poor circulation

Muscular problems : arthritis, aches and pains, rheumatism, stiffness

Respiratory system :
catarrh, chills

Digestive system :
colic, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, heartburn, loss of appetite, nausea

Immune system :
colds, flu, infections, viruses

Culinary Uses:
Pepper is an important spice in the Indian four-spice classic 'garam masala'. It has a Widespread use in the food industry. Some use in perfumery (combined with rose oil ) and alcoholic drinks.
Both black and white pepper are used in cuisine worldwide, at all stages of the cooking process and as a table condiment. White pepper has a distinguishably different flavor but is utilized to a lesser extent. It is used in processed meats and in applications where dark specking is not desired. Black pepper is added to fruit cakes and gingerbread and is also used as a light seasoning on fresh fruit. Black pepper oleoresin is also used for similar purposes.
It is the main ingredient in VenPongal,Rasam in south india.Pepper Rasam is useful for cold and flu.Ground pepper pwd can be taken with hot rice ,ghee,salt is agood remedy for throat conjestion.
This is my entry to the event "Mistress of Spice" by hostess Mythili of Vindu


archana said...

Nice photo Vineela, informative post, thank you

Tanuja said...

Nice write up vineela,black pepper is good for health.

Linda said...

Hi Vineela,

Lovely photo of pepper and great info too. A good peppermill is essential part of any kitchen, I think :)

Best wishes!

sudhav said...

Lovely photo vineela, and very informative write up.Indeed a integral part of kitchen..Thanks for sharing this info..

Aparna said...

Hi Vineela..

Superb photo!.... Black pepper is really really helpful in so many things.... Thanks for the information

Inji Pennu said...

lovely pic and nice detailed write up as always! great vineela!

sailaja said...

Love the picture of pepper corns, Vineela. Good post!

indianadoc said...

those are glamorous pepper corns indeed...brilliant snaps!

Puspha said...

Excellent post. Well done.

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