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Fun Facts About Pepper

Black Peppercorns - Fun Facts about Pepper

Like wine, peppercorns are often named by their origin as conditions such as soil, weather and climate can influence the characteristics of the peppercorn. The Tellicherry Peppercorn & Malabar Peppercorn are both black peppercorns grown in different regions.

Pepper was so valuable it used to be used as a currency. In medieval times the store of pepper was related to a man’s wealth. It wasn’t unusual to be paid in pepper.

“Peppercorns are actually a fruit.”

White pepper is just black pepper without its skin. White, green & black pepper all come from the same vine.

It is the world’s most traded spice. Global world production in the mid 1990’s was estimated at 170,000 – 200,000 metric tons (MT). The Internatinoal Pepper Community (IPC) estimated the annual production in 2003 to be 360,000 MT before slipping marginally 3% in 2004. Pepper is a multi-billion dollar industry.

It has been used for over 3,000 years.

Pepper gets it’s spicy taste from a chemical compound called pepperine. This compound is also responsible for irritating the nostrils and making people sneeze to expel the pepperine.

Black pepper has digestive benefits that help remove toxins from the body and increase metabolism.

Always grind peppercorns fresh as pre-ground pepper weakens quicker.

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