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Kerala’s Black Gold: Pepper

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

Kerala’s Black Gold: Pepper

Pepper is one of the hot subjects for most people in the travel food services industry. Black pepper is commonly known as black gold. It is the most traded spice in the world. It is widely accepted as the King of spices. Hence, this black pepper makes your kitchen complete.

Kerala's Black Gold: Pepper

Place from where we source our Black Pepper

Kanjirapally, Kottayam.

About Kanjirapally

Kanjirally is a small town in the Kottayam district. It is situated in the foothills of the Western ghats of Kerala. This place is laidback and still exudes an ambience that is contrary to a fast paced life. This place can also be a tourist attraction. The ideal location makes it an important juncture for trade.


Black Gold

Spices Tourism in Kerala

Kerala is a land of spices. The climate of this place is suitable for growing various qualities of spices. Spice tourism is of benefit to both the tourism industry as well as the tourists. The tourists get to visit spice farms and gardens and are provided knowledge on the different spices grown in the state, spice processing practices, grading methods, effective packaging, quality control methods etc.

A bit of History

The great explorer Vasco Da Gama reached the shores of Kozhikode having heard of spices especially Pepper.

Black pepper is referred to as ‘king of spice’. Peppercorn is native to the tropical evergreen rain forest of South Indian Kerala state, from where it spread to the rest of the world through Indian and Arab traders. Black pepper comes from the berries of the pepper plant. Botanically peppercorn belongs to the family of Piperaceae.  Black peppers have a strong pungent flavor that comes from volatile-oils, such as piperine.

Culinary uses

Black pepper is one of the most versatile spices used in several kinds of savoury cooking. Pepper is best ground directly on food. In order to keep their fragrance and flavor intact, they generally milled just before preparing dishes and added at the last minute in the recipes (since prolonged cooking results in evaporation of essential oils). The spice, popular as “kali mirch” in the Indian subcontinent, is now gaining global presence. Many celebrated chefs across the world swear by Kali Mirch. It is  used in the preparation of soup, barbecue sauces, pickles and as a main ingredient in a variety of curry powders.

Black pepper can be used with pretty much any dish. Starting from the breakfast, with the mouth-watering egg, to the elaborate dinner dishes.

Always Crush the whole pepper to experience the full-on taste . Pepper can be powdered with an electric grinder and it is easy to store. You may also want to keep pepper seeds in an attractive pepper grinder on the dining table.

The evergreen Kali Mirch is added to non veg preparation like chicken, mutton and beef curry. 

Health benefits

Black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production.

How to Store

Peppercorns can be stored at room temperature for many years and can be milled using a hand mill as and when required. When you buy black pepper online it can be kept inside the refrigerator for up to a month or so.Powdered pepper should be stored inside the refrigerator in airtight containers. Just try our samples today, authentic black pepper suppliers in Kerala.

Medicinal Value

This seemingly small black spice is power packed with nutrients to improve your health. These include manganese, potassium, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K can be found in black pepper. It is also a medicinal spice which is attributed to its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Because of its medicinal value, the demand for black pepper is skyrocketed.

For online order reach out to: https://nomadlawyer.org/mittiqa-a-farmers-community-marketplace/

If you wish to best quality Black Pepper from Kerala you can write to us as at [email protected].

The proceed will go directly to the farmers with no middlemen in between. 

Contributed by – Ronnie Dominic Joseph

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