Black pepper is one of the most popular spices in the world. Its history includes being used as currency.
Is a natural food preservative - anti fungal and antimicrobial properties
Stimulate digestion, induce sweating, relieve flatulence and a diuretic.
Piperine in black pepper increases the absorption of selenium, B vitamins, beta-carotene and curcuma from turmeric. Black pepper also enhances the detoxification process that occurs in the liver.
Black pepper is warming and may be beneficial if consumed during the onset of a common cold.
Avoid excess consumption of pepper if you are sensitive to oxalates or suffer with oxalate containing kidney stones.
When can you use it in the kitchen?
Peppercorns are the fruit of a plant Piper nigrum, a flowering vine. They begin as bunches of green fruit (green pepper corns), and then dry to black pepper corns. White pepper corns are simple the black peppercorns with the husk removed.
Black pepper has a pungent spicy flavour. Pepper can be purchased as whole peppercorns or ground into a powder. To gain the most benefit for pepper it is best to use a grinder with whole peppercorns.
In the kitchen pepper is generally only used in savoury dishes. It can be sprinkled over almost all vegetables, cereals and proteins sources.
Smoothie (vegetable based)
All egg dishes
Other savoury uses
Black pepper is used to add a depth of flavour to sweet dishes using summer fruits (berries, pineapple, plums and peaches)