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Black pepper (Hindi: काली मिर्च) grows in tropical climate on pepper vine. The fruit of pepper vine is small berries called peppercorns.
It has some health benefits. It has the ability to enhance the function of the digestive tract.
Black peppers improve digestion and stimulate the secretion from the taste buds, improving the process of digestion.
It has benefits against bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.
It is high in antioxidants and is effective in protecting against tumors and certain cancers. It provides a great taste to vegetables, salads and soups. It is an important ingredient of garam masala recipe used in Indian recipes.
Do not buy this in powder form. Always buy good dark colored whole peppercorns. Dry in sun and grind in a mixer in small quantity to retain its color.
Nutritional Values of Peppercorn
|Pepper Black Dry|
|Value per 100g|
| Moisture |
|18.200 gm |
304.000 K cal
| Carotene |
|1080.000 µg |
|Minerals & Trace Elements|
| Magnesium |
|171.000 mg |
Source: National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad, India. www.ninindia.org
Tips for Storing
Always buy and store black pepper and peppercorn spice in whole form. Grind or powder them in just before to use to get their freshness and flavour.
This spice may be stored for 5 years in an airtight container.