Black pepper is extracted from the Piper Nigrum Plant. The Black Pepper is native to South-east Asia. Throughout History back peppercorns were highly regarded, in Middle aged England, black peppercorns had greater worth than silver. Black Pepper was also buried in Pharaoh’s Tombs to carry with them through the after life. Black Pepper is nicknamed “King of the Spices” because of its popularity in the culinary world. It accounts for up to 20% of the profit made from the world’s spice market.
Pepper can come in green, red, while and black variety. The strong pungent flavour of Black Pepper is because of its content of active compound peperine.
Here area few health benefits of black pepper :
- It is rich in Vitamins A and C. It is also packed full of Antioxidants such as Carotenes, Lycopene and Xanthines.
- It encourages the absorption of turmeric.
- It promoted healthy digestion.
- It stimulates taste buds in the cephalic phase (chewing), this encourages the production of gastric acid for efficient and enhanced digestion.
- It promotes sweating and urination which can increase toxin removal from the body.
- It helps detox the liver, removing toxins and promoting general hepatic health.
- It encourages micro-vascular circulation in the small capillaries surrounding the liver.