Fact Friday – Pepper

I love ground black pepper, I even love it on popcorn. Ever notice though that pepper is rather expensive? I never really thought about it cause you know, my mom would buy those things and she buys in bulk so I usually just get refills from her. She’s away and I need my pepper so I went to replenish my supply. Almost R100 later.

The Person and I got chatting about pepper and he was telling me how he had watched a documentary thing on the whole spice trade and how it was that Indian cuisine came to be so reliant on chillies. It had to do with pepper! Pretty awesome right. So of course we took to looking up some interesting facts about it. Because you never know when some random fact might come in useful. Also they are great ice breakers :)

Five Fabulous Facts :

  • While it’s possible that black pepper was known in China around second century BCE, it made its debut in the third century AD. Black pepper was revealed in a Chinese text and referred to as reahujiao or “foreign pepper.”
  • During the Middle ages peppercorns were worth more than gold in weight? Individual peppercorns were widely accepted as a form of legal currency. Furthermore, in the Dutch language, pepedurr, which means “pepper expensive,” is an expression for something very expensive.
  • Pepper is native to India and grows as a tall vine with the peppercorns as flowering drupes.
  • When the Visigoths sacked Rome, they demanded 3,000 lbs of Black Pepper (in addition to gold and silver) as ransom.
  • White Peppercorns are Black Pepper without skin.

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