- Was believed to aid a vast array of conditions such as earache, indigestion, insect bites, joint pain, heart disease, liver problems and tooth decay, chest congestion, colds and sore throats.
- 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.
- Considered to have carminative, diaphoretic and diuretic properties.
- Due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties, ground pepper is often used to prevent food spoilage.
- 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.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark place in a sealed container.