Black Pepper : How Do You Process Black Pepper?
In Kerala, on the village roads you may have seen stripped spikes of black pepper laid for people to walk over it. Traditional farmers believe that if people walk over those spikes, next year there will be more yield of pepper crop.
Pepper is a plant grows mostly in tropical areas having hot humid climate and high rainfall. Black pepper is a native to Kerala in India, but Vietnam is the world’s largest producer and exporter of pepper producing 34% of the world’s crop.
To buy black pepper, nowadays we have to depend on retail stores or online marketplaces in india because pepper plants are rarely seen in houses. Pepper plant is a perennial woody vine, which grows up to 4m or above in height on supporting trees, poles or trellises.
How do you process black Pepper?
Pepper clusters are harvested while they are mature
Immersed in almost boiling water for a few minutes
Dried in sunlight for 16 to 20 hours ,while all of them turn black
Strip the berries from spikes,when berries shrink skin will have a wrinkled appearance
From 100kg of green berries around 35kg of dried black pepper can be processed out
Types of Pepper
Not only the pepper powder but also the Pepper spirit extracted from berries after crushing them are also used in medicinal and herbal products.
Pepper loses flavor and aroma through evaporation, so keep them in airtight containers. More exposure to light also affect taste, so chefs prefer to crush and grind pepper just before cooking to get the best taste. Buy pepper online to prepare more spicy dish at home and treat your dear and near ones.