Product: Black Pepper, Cracked
Latin Name: Piper nigrum
Plant Family: Piperaceae
Other Names: Poivre Noir, Pimienta Negra, Poivre, Pfeffer, Peppar, Pepe, Filfil Aswad, Peper, Hu- Chiao, Kosha & Pyerets.
Description: Pepper comes from a perennial, woody, climbing vine native to south-western India but is now cultivated in Africa, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. It grows to a height of 2-5 metres and uses surrounding trees and structures to support itself. The leaves are entire, alternate, 5-10cm in length and cordately ovate in shape, dark glossy-green in colour. The flowers are small, yellowy-white to greenish-white in colour and present in clusters of long drooping spikes 4-8cm in length in the leaf nodes. As the pepper berries develop, the spikes lengthen to between 7-15cm.
Our Cracked Black Pepper (8mesh) is packed to preserve its piquant flavour and aroma. It is an essential spice for any store cupboard.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that pepper was once considered to be of such great value that that dishonest merchants mixed juniper berries in with the peppercorn berries? Over time the juniper berries take on the aroma of pepper berries and develop the same shrivelled appearance. There is documented evidence of other adulterants to pepper such as floor sweepings and ground charcoal being added to make pepper go further, so in Britain in 1875, the Sale of Food and Drugs Law imposed restrictions against the selling of adulterated pepper.
Ingredients: Black Peppercorns.
Allergy Advice: Black Pepper contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEBlack pepper is one of the most versatile spices and can be used in all kinds of savory recipes, it can also be used in sweet recipes, try dusting strawberries or watermelon lightly with black pepper to bring out their flavours, black pepper can also be added to biscuits and sugar cookies. Add to salad dressings and sauces and use as a condiment.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
Please leave 2-3 working days for your order to be packed and dispatched.
For large orders (over 15 items) please allow 1-2 days extra.
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