The pepper ( P iper nigrum ) is an exotic spice from southern India and Sri Lanka marketed in different colours. (green, white, red or black) depending on the degree of maturity of the grains.
In cooking, the use of pepper, the king of spices, promises to numerous benefits and virtues for our health!
Pepper has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.
The benefits of pepper on the plate
Europe has been experiencing pepper since the Antiquity . Used above all as a condiment, it was quickly recognized as having interesting therapeutic effects against rheumatism, digestive problems, bouts of fever and even depression.
- Pepper has properties antimicrobials and anti-inflammatories s, he has been known to have stimulating properties and antiseptics .
- Hepatoprotective spice, pepper protects the liver . It’s also a natural antioxidant .
- Pepper consumption improves the digestion and stimulates appetite ; it is recommended in case of nausea of flatulence or of constipation .
- By stimulating the production of endorphins, pepper is a natural antidepressant that helps fight against anxiety and depression .
- Attention however, abuse of pepper can cause serious digestive tract burns .
Other health benefits of pepper
In external use, pepper can also be effective.
- Black pepper essential oil stimulates the organism, helps to fight against the muscle soreness and the rheumatism . It is also effective for to relieve the respiratory tract .
- The massages with black pepper essential oil relax the contracted muscle areas (tendonitis, cramping). They are recommended in the physical training sportsmen for warm the muscles .
Pepper: green, white, red or black?
- In the kitchen, we use black pepper and white pepper whole for flavoring the water used to cook food or canned food with vinegar . We like them. overwritten in marinades or spice blends, but also ground to enhance a dish during its preparation or at the table.
- The green pepper used fresh or dried (and most often whole), flavors poultry and exotic recipes.
- The red pepper The rarer, more rare, will surprise you in desserts: slip a few grains into a vanilla cream or applesauce …
Growing pepper for its benefits
Pepper requires a warm exposure (minimum 15°C), bright but away from direct sunlight.
The soil should be moist, cool, deep and well drained. If you grow the potted pepper at home Spray him every day, he likes it moist.
Remember to stake the plant.