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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Pepper is the dried berry of Piper nigrum* that is picked about nine months after flowering. Pepper originated from India and is now grown in are pepper plantations in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.
black pepper is a good preservative. They can be used in: • Canning • Baking • Pickling It is also a good seasoning- adding a little can help to alter the taste of the dish by adding flavour.
white pepper is mainly used for appearance, especially in light-colored sauces or foods where dark specks of black pepper would not look good.
November, 116 BC Romans left India with black pepper which they thought was “long pepper”.
3AD, roman trade weaken Arab traders dominated. Took their merchandise to Alexandria and Venetians and dominated the distribution of pepper.
1498 AD Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived in Kerala. Portuguese took over spice trade and they grew pepper at the tropic countries they owned.
Dutch took over the Portuguese in 1663. However, there was some problems and the East India companies broke up and trade is now freely traded!
SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS xiangkang shd say WOW during presentation. BUT....haiz.
•Peppers have a hot and spicy taste! •By just adding a dash of pepper can change the entire taste of the dish!