With hot, spicy and citrus notes, Vietnam is the top producer of this spice with other major producers including, India. However, it is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Black pepper is so versatile and omnipresent that we tend to take it for granted. Pepper is best when freshly ground (otherwise, it can lose its flavour). White pepper is milder than black pepper and less aromatic. Black pepper is similar to chilli because it doesn't give flavour or fragrance per se. It gives us an intense heat sensation. Peppercorns lose their properties quickly when exposed to air. Black Pepper is 'The King of Spices', validating its position with its residency on most tabletops worldwide. "Pass the pepper, please."
Black pepper is well known as a digestive aid in traditional medicine. It is high in antioxidants, great for relieving flatulence, great for weight loss and helps you sweat. Surprisingly, white pepper is hotter than black pepper.
The trading of Black pepper has existed for 3,500 years. Alexander the Great brought black pepper to Europe in the 4th Century along the new trade routes. Black Pepper has an extensive history of being a high-priced commodity and currency, with Arab traders using it as a monopoly for transport to Europe. You can imagine that the Camelērs were not only moving black pepper, but they were also paying with black pepper.
Building on the currency element of Black Pepper, the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama took control of the source of black pepper in the 15th Century, discovering a sea route to southwest India. For the following 100 years, the Portuguese took control of the black pepper trade. In the 1600's they lost their control to the Dutch, who themselves lost control to the British in the 18th Century, as the British took control of the spice trade in the tropics.
Chief flavour compound
Piperine: (hot, pungent and spicy) as a natural occurring alkaloid, it is a key bio-active element.
A slightly sweet and nutty aromatic blend the Advieh Ash blend is the perfect finish for soups of all concoctions.The predominant ingredient of dried fenugreek leaves gives the blend a nutty aroma, which pairs particularly well with root vegetables. Just a few pinches sprinkled over your soup before serving will add a whole new dimension.
Rich in cumin seeds, this medium spiced, piquant blend can be used in seafood dishes. "Mahi" meaning fish in Persian, offers the marriage of the nutritional benefits of the spices with fish, meaning the omega-3 properties produced, give an extra health boost at your next fish supper. This can be mixed with a neutral oil and brushed over grilled or roasted cod, sea bass, or even salmon, for a perfectly seasoned fish dish.
Baharat is the garam masala of the Arabian Peninsula. This blend is the perfect combination of sweet and smoky without any spiciness. An all-purpose exotic blend of heady spices this blend packs a punch, so less is definitely more. Used across the Middle East, with each area having a little twist on the basic blend.
This is an exquisitely savoury and versatile Yemeni spice blend. Aromatic and warm, with a hint of nutty, bittersweet sharpness and slight pepperiness, this deeply fragrant golden coppery blend can be used as a spice rub for slow-cooked pork or beef or as a marinade to chicken or fish for those summer barbecue evenings. It can be added to stews, pies, curry-style dishes, rice and roasted vegetable dishes. This Yemenite blend will give you happiness all year round.
Welcome to Ethiopian indulgence of well balanced and fine flavours.This heavyweight is our take on a kaleidoscope of spicy, sweet and deep flavours.Ethiopian cooking is a fine cuisine that uses sweet and fragrant spices, but the heat of the chilli peppers is difficult to ignore.Even with this abundance, this Ethiopian spice offers a well-balanced and rounded flavour profile.
An exceptionally balanced and versatile Mediterranean base blend. Sofrito is a multi-ingredient preparation that contains nutrients that are beneficial for the body. The bioactive compounds found in sofrito included polyphenols, carotenoids, and Vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown that consumption of these nutrients can lower the risk of various cancers and heart disease. Not only do studies show that we do not need rarefied super-foods to maintain our nutritional health, but it also highlights the simple yet oh-so-flavorsome additions this blend can add to everyday dishes.
A luscious and savoury vegetable seasoning blend. Paying homage to Ancient Roman cookery who celebrated the eating of vegetables, it was and still is understood that eating vegetables may help lower the risk of various health problems. A diet high in vegetables can also protect against certain types of cancers.Seasoning vegetables with this delectable blend and making it a part of a healthy diet can add a distinct flavour profile and also help lower the risk of various health problems.
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