Black pepper is considered to be the king of spices due to its appealing features and nutritions. Not only benefits in culinary uses, black pepper also serve as medical uses.
- Black pepper overview
“King of spices” – Black pepper is the most important spice that helps strike the tastes in different foods, which is cultivated in over 26 countries in the world…
1.1 What is black pepper?
Black pepper is reckoned as a spice that consists of the dried berry of Piper nigrum, a branching vine, or climbing. This type of pepper is a ripe pepper that is inherently green, after drying, the rind will turn black. People usually harvest when the cluster of fruits has some red but the percentage of ripe green seeds is still the highest.
1.2 Main feature of black pepper and white pepper
Differentiated from white pepper, black peppers are unripe berries from the pepper plant that are dried afterward, which causes the skin to black. In addition, the black pepper is also spicier and more aromatic while white pepper has a floral, and simple flavor.
1.3 Nutritions components in black pepper
1 tea of spoon of black pepper consists:
- 17 calories
- 2 fat calories
- 1g protein
- 4g carbohydrate
- 2g fiber
- 1% vitamin A
- 2% can xi
- 4% iron
- Black pepper health benefits
- Stimulate digestion: enzymes that help digest fat and carb will be released by consuming black pepper. Additionally, piperine in black pepper develops other nutrition such as Vitamin A, C, selen, bet – carotene,… and also stimulates the movement of amino oxide in the intestinal wall, which stimulates nutritions metabolism.
- Support immune system: Components in black pepper activates and boosts white blood cells, which are used to fight off bacteria and viruses.
- Address depression: Piperine in black pepper is also natural nutrition that fights against depression. Consuming black pepper on a frequent basis helps the brain function better and reduces stress from daily work.
- Weight loss: Outer layer of pepper assists in the breakdown of fat.
- The side effect of black pepper
For most herbs and spices, consuming too much may cause digestive distress. Black pepper may also cause burning of the mouth and throat. In certain situations, piperine in black peppers will boost the effect of the absorption of certain medicines. Therefore, If you have some health problems, you should consult doctors for a prescription.
300 – 600mg is the amount of black pepper that should be used a day. Black pepper used in large doses (1.5g/day) can cause gastric mucosa irritation and inflammation, etc. Piperin is also toxic in high doses, which increases blood pressure and paralyze the respiratory system.
- Standard of delicious black pepper
- Black or brown, wrinkled outer skin
- Slightly spicy scent
- Moisture: 12.5% – 13%
- Weight by volume: 450gr/l, 500gr/l, 550gr/l, 590gr/l…
- Pure black pepper does not use preservatives, odorants, food additives
- The pepper is not mixed and harvested in the farming season