Black pepper is a spice that gained its popularity in ancient times. Spice is obtained from unripe fruits of Indian liana in the territory formerly known as Malabar. That is why today one of the best varieties is considered to be the Malabar pepper. The product was in demand in Ancient Greece, Rome, as well as in Russia. Today the plantations of different plant varieties can be found in the coastal regions of America, Asia and Africa.
Ready-to-eat spice has the appearance of a dark gray powder, and the taste of the product is well-known by spicy, burning notes, which is due to the content of special substance — piperine. Also, the spice has a recognizable smell given off by essential oil. The fragrance is especially strong during the milling process, but it vanishes over time, therefore it is not recommended to store the finished product for a long time.
Ground black pepper is often called the “king of spices” for its versatility, simplicity and useful qualities. The ingredient is used in home-made dishes and industrial food products. Among them:
No less significant is the role of ground pepper in cooking meat and fish canned food, spicy mixtures, as well as “dry flavors” for confectionery products.
Despite the fact that black pepper is more often used in the preparation of unsweetened dishes, the product is also popular for dessert baking. It is interesting that the ingredient is often added to drinks — coffee, tea, cocktails — in order to give them a note of piquancy.
Not everyone knows that black pepper is a berry. It contains a maximum of vital substances for the human body. These are, in particular, all the B-group vitamins, as well as vitamins K, E, C and A, and, not least, micro and macro elements — iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and others. That’s why the product has found wide application in traditional medicine: even today ground black pepper is used as a vermifuge, antiphlogistic, anticonvulsant, and diuretic.
The product is recommended for consumption when having loss of appetite, signs of fatigue and stress, problems with gastrointestinal tract. The presence of antioxidants in the spice composition will help to rejuvenate the body.
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