Black pepper everything to know about the King of spices


Black pepper – everything you need to know about the King of spices. Besides its culinary uses, this wonderful spice has got a number of medicinal properties. Therefore it is an important herb as well, that we can use against ailments. Especially combined with other ingredients, according to the nature of diseases.

Pepper plant with ripe corns

This wonderful herb has got an important place in Ayurveda. Different medicines are prepared, with black pepper as the main ingredient.

Undoubtedly, these medicines give positive results in most ailments.

Black pepper everything to know- medicinal properties.

  • We can use it as an effective remedy for respiratory disorders. Preferably, mixed with ginger and pure organic honey.
  • Of course, consuming moderate quantities of pepper, can prevent indigestion. Surely, the intake of black pepper that we add in dishes, can meet our needs.
  • Piperine, the alkaloid present in black pepper has got many health benefits. For this reason, it is widely used for making medicines. Mostly, for the treatment of life style diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc.
  • Besides, it can slow down the premature aging of the brain.
  • In a like manner, its anti-inflammatory properties help reducing arthritis with joint pain and swelling.
  • For tooth ache as well as our oral health in general, we can use its preparations.
  • Above all, studies have proved its anti oxidant properties.
  • However, before using it as a medicine, you must seek advice from experts. Especially, for the directions regarding usage, side effects etc.

Black pepper based home remedies

Usually we use different combinations of black pepper, as home remedies. For example

Indigestion

Ingredients needed:

  1. Crushed pepper corns – 1/2 tsp
  2. Crushed ginger – 1 inch piece
  3. Rock salt – a pinch
  4. Buttermilk – 1 glass

You can consume after mixing all the ingredients together in a glass.

To increase appetite

Ingredients needed:

  1. Black pepper powder -1/2 tsp
  2. Jaggery – 1tsp

Mix the above ingredients together, and consume it for increasing appetite.

Cough and cold, preferably in cold season

  1. Black pepper powder – 1tsp
  2. Holy basil leaves a handful
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Pure organic honey – 2tsp
  5. Water – 2 cups

Add the first three ingredients to water in a pan, and bring it to boil. After that, filter the decoction, add honey and consume it warm.

Dried pepper corns

Nasal congestion and sinusitis

For this, first boil a pinch of pepper powder and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Then inhale the vapour, and you will surely get relief.

Given above, are a few examples of home remedies popular in Kerala. Always remember, that these are not alternatives for medication. Normally there are no side effects for most of these, and hence you can try it.

Certainly you must seek medical advice, if necessary.

Side effects

Rarely, black pepper may cause side effects in some people. Mainly, its hot and pungent nature can cause burning sensation in the stomach. Likewise, the presence of oxalate, increases the chances of forming kidney stones.

How to grow

Definitely, black pepper is one of the main cash crops of Kerala. Surprisingly, Idukki and Wayanad districts in the western ghat regions, are the largest producers.

Black pepper plant with tender corns

We can grow black pepper plants easily in tropical climates.

Generally, these shade loving creeping vines need supporting trees to climb on. Usually, pepper plants can thrive in a well drained loamy medium, enriched with humus.

Bush Pepper plants

Definitely, we can grow black pepper in pots, as an ornamental plant. These are popularly known as bush pepper.

When compared to vines, there are many advantages of growing bush pepper plants.
Ordinarily, pepper corns are harvested once in a year. On the other hand, we can collect fresh pepper corns year around, from our potted plants.

Bush Pepper plant in a terracotta pot

It can make your garden really awesome. Mostly, along with other flowering and non-flowering plants.

You can read more here the simple tips for growing bush pepper plants in pots.

It should be noted, that Pepper plants need bright but indirect sunlight. Therefore, your balconies are ideal for keeping the potted pepper plants. Particularly like indoor plants that need only minimum sunlight. For example, the Spider plantZZ plant, AglaonemaSnake plantMoney plant, etc.

Also it will be really awesome, to keep your bush pepper plants along with a few bonsai trees.

In the pic below, one of our bush pepper plants, is placed in between a Ficus ginseng microcarpa and Ficus microcarpa bonsai trees.

Potted pepper plant with Ficus bonsai trees

Generally the fresh pepper corns before drying, are known as green pepper.

Delicious Kerala dishes

In Kerala, we make different tasty dishes, that are flavoured with green pepper.

Surely you can try it on your visit to Kerala, God’s own country.

Given below is the simple recipe, for my favourite green pepper potato stew. Of course, it will make a wonderful breakfast with appam, idiyappam, chappathis etc.

Green pepper potato stew

Recipe by rshiny03Course: MainCuisine: KeralaDifficulty: Beginner
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • Potato medium sized (boiled, peeled and cubed) – 2 nos

  • Onion medium sized ( finely sliced ) 2nos

  • Green chilli ( split) 2nos

  • Ginger 1 inch piece ( finely chopped)

  • Curry leaves 2 sprigs

  • Coriander powder 1.5 tbsps

  • Garam masala powder 1tsp

  • Thick coconut milk ( taken from 2 cups of Grated ripe coconut )

  • Green Pepper corns (crushed ) 2 tsp

  • Coconut oil as needed

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

  • Cashew nuts ( optional) a few

  • Ripe tomato 1 small

  • Water 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • First heat oil in a pan. Then saute ingredients 1, till the colour of onion becomes transparent. 
  •  Add coriander powder and garam masala powder, and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add cubed potatoes and salt
  • Mix all the ingredients together in the pan, after adding water.
    Close the pan with a lid and cook on low flame for a few seconds.
  • Add crushed green pepper, cashew nuts and finally coconut milk.
  • Mix all the ingredients well on a low flame, without boiling.
  •  Garnish with sliced tomatoes, and your delicious potato stew is ready.
  • Serve hot with your favourite breakfast items like palappam, idiyappam etc.