In the ancient world, peppercorns were believed to be fitting sacred offerings to gods, and at one time they were actually worth more than gold. In the middle ages, peppercorns were so expensive that they were used as currency and rents could be paid with them, hence the term”a peppercorn rent.” Now of course that phrase means that something is almost free.
Black pepper has been used for its health benefits and to taste food for centuries. Only one black peppercorn is packed full with vitamins and minerals such as iron, vanadium, molybdenum, selenium, copper, manganese and phosphorus. It contains vitamins K, C, B6, B3 and B2 in addition to vitamin E. Obviously, if peppercorns are irradiated some of the vitamins, such as vitamin C will be reduced.
Black pepper can get our taste buds stimulated so the gut is alerted to an imminent intake of food. It can then produce increased quantities of uric acid, which we need to promote digestion. It is also a carminative, meaning that it can reduce flatulence. You can also produce a spicy tea containing black pepper to be able to promote sweating and bring down a higher temperature if you have a fever. If you suffer from water retention, judicious use of black pepper may encourage urination.
Black pepper also has antibacterial properties in addition to antioxidant ones, so it may boost the immune system and maintain our bowels healthy and free of harmful bacteria. The outer skin of a black peppercorn can stimulate the breakdown of fat that’s stored in cells, so it helps keep you slim and energetic.
In the Ayurveda system of medicine black pepper is used to treat a number of ailments including anaemia, coughs, heart issues and even diabetes. In Unani medicine, black pepper is thought to be an aphrodisiac. In south-east Asia black pepper is used to get rid of intestinal worms, so clearly there are a myriad uses for this versatile spice, which is no longer as expensive as it was in the past.
You should buy whole black peppercorns and invest in a pepper grinder to be able to get the maximum benefits from this spice. Why not have a beef dressed with crushed black peppercorns for an evening meal sometime soon? Lakeland FL Wildlife Control can answer your questions.