September 29, 2014

Tip #51: Pallatable Peppercorns

Pepper the King of Spices is the most useful and indispensable of all culinary spices. Next to salt, pepper is the world’s most frequently used spice. It is used in both whole and grounded form. And no wonder—it offers a “bite” not found in any other spice.

The best black peppercorns are large, black or dark brown, and have a dull look. If it is shiny, it usually means that it is an inferior product. You can usually buy black peppercorns at your local stores in whole, cracked, or ground form.



Make sure to use keep whole peppercorns in a metal, glass, or if necessary a plastic peppermill and NOT a wood one. Wood peppermills will leach peppercorns of their oils over time.


Black pepper aids in digestion and also helps in relieving cough and common cold. Millions of people who consume black pepper everyday might not be aware of the fact that it is classified as a medicinal spice and is very rich in mineral content.


Pepper is best ground directly on to food. For spicy food it is best to add pepper well towards the end of the cooking process, to preserve its aroma.


Black pepper is known to treat and help a number of ailments. The essential oil of black pepper is often added to massage blends and applied to aching or painful joints and muscles, whether the pain is sports related or through arthritic or rheumatic pain. 


Mix pepper powder to warm water and apply on the forehead to get relieved from Sinus Headache.


It can help clear up colds, viral infections and flu when prepared in a tea.  

Black pepper helps to break down and digest fats and proteins much more easily, as it induces the production of saliva and gastric juices needed for digestion in the stomach. 


While making french fries or any other deep fries add pepper powder instead of chilli powder which will not make you to feel heavier.


When foods are eaten with black pepper, the body is able to absorb valuable vitamins and nutrients from the food much easier.  

A strong black pepper and mint tea will help clear chest and lung infections and bring up unwanted mucous and phlegm. 


It is the best known appetizer.


Nutritionally, black pepper provides manganese, iron and vitamin K, and is a good source of dietary fiber.


Powder peppercorns, jeera and salt coarsely. Add this powder a teaspoon to hot rice with some ghee on rainy and cold days. A real treat!