WS Black Pepper (Medium Ground) 1lb
Black peppercorns (Piper nigrum) are produced by picking the pepper berries when they are half ripe and then leaving them to ferment and dry, which causes them to shrivel and become dark in color. The pungent spiciness of black pepper is enjoyed all over the world in an array of dishes. Besides its culinary uses, black pepper (piperine) is considered to have carminative, diaphoretic and diuretic properties. Due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties, ground pepper is often used to prevent food spoilage. There is evidence that it can also act synergistically with other spices to enhance their medicinal potency such as boosting bioavailability of curcumin from the spice turmeric by up to 2000%. Some suggest that the outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells and that black pepper may be an excellent source of manganese, vitamin K, copper, iron, chromium, and calcium.
Black peppercorns pair well with an immense range of foods, herbs, and spices. Cracked or ground peppercorns are convenient but whole peppercorns retain their flavor a bit better. Store in a cool, dry, dark place in a sealed container.