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Pepper used as a preservative

Pepper is widely known as a food condiment, that’s a given. And some may even know pepper is used for its medicinal qualities such as a digestive aid. But did you know pepper is also used as a preservative? The use of pepper as a preservative, particularly for meats and perishable foods comes down to the properties of the pepper, namely its anti-microbial and anti-oxidant characteristics. These properties of the peppercorn have allowed people to use pepper for centuries to preserve meats and perishable foods.