Pepper is primarily used in cooking for the purpose of adding robust flavor to certain recipes. Pepper can be found at health food and vitamin stores in supplement form or can be taken in its natural state in order to receive its benefits.
Ingredient: Black Peppercorns Ground Organic (Piper nigrum)
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flower-producing vine in the Piperaceae family and is harvested for use as a seasoning, spice, or health supplement. When dried, the fruit is referred to as a peppercorn and contains a single seed. When fully mature it is a deep shade of red and measures about 0.20 inches. The black powdery form of pepper with which most individuals are familiar is derived from grinding mature peppercorns until they reach a fine texture. Black pepper is extensively harvested in India where it is found in abundance. Pepper grows best in warm climates and tropical regions and Vietnam is currently the world's largest exporter of pepper.
Pepper has been used as a flavoring additive on the Asian continent since at least 2000 BC. Peppercorns were regarded as a highly valuable commodity and sometimes referred to as "black gold" when being traded between countries. Pepper was so expensive in old world Europe that it was frequently used as collateral in business ventures.
Black pepper and other Indian spices changed world history as they were partly responsible for the efforts of the Portuguese to find a new nautical route to India during the exploration era which ultimately helped along the colonization of the Americas. Pepper has been widely used in the United States ever since and this will most likely continue throughout future centuries.
Black pepper grows on a perennial woody vine which can grow as high as six feet. Its leaves are long and its flowers small and the vines climb rough bark more easily than bark of a smoother texture. A single stem can bear over thirty fruiting spikes and as previously mentioned, the part used to create supplements or spice up food is the peppercorn. Cayenne peppers are long, bright red, and curl slightly at their end giving them a crescent shape. They enjoy the same climate as black pepper for growing purposes, but grow in the form of a fruited plant rather than on a vine. The actual fruit is the part of the plant in which the health benefits are found.
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Although many herbal supplements are frequently used in the form of tea, due to their strong taste, pepper supplements can be taken in capsule form or added to food. Black pepper is most often consumed in its culinary spice form and the amount ingested is a matter of taste for most individuals. It is also available in capsule form and is generally labeled "bioperine extract" when packaged this way. The standard dose of the capsule form is ten milligrams once a day.