You can finally buy pepper in the Pepperworld Hot Shop!
With us you can buy the best quality pepper! We Pepperworlders are constantly striving to bring you the best spicy products in the world. In addition to spicy chilli and hot cruciferous vegetables such as mustard and wasabi, we now have pepper for you on offer. But let's take it from the beginning ...
Pepper refers not to just one type of pepper!
First of all, we have to clarify what this spice is. The peppercorns are the fruits (berries) of the pepper bush. Depending on the degree of ripeness, at the time of harvest, the grains are colored differently. But which color stands for which degree of maturity? The ripe berries, are the white peppercorns. The black ones are the immature ones. Also, the green pepper is obtained from unripe berries, for this, the not yet mature fruits are placed in a brine. The exotic is the red pepper, also called Szechuan pepper, this comes from the Asian pepper bush. But one type that is actually made out of chilli peppers, is the cayenne pepper.
Buy peppers: more types of peppers
You can buy peppers nowadays in a wide range of varieties. In addition to green, black and red pepper, there are still some:
- White Pepper
- Red Pepper
- Szechuan Pepper
- Tell Cherry Pepper
- Cubeb Pepper
- Long Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Tasmanian Pepper
... Where does the pepper actually come from?
Pepper is extracted from the pepper bush (piper nigrum). The pepper bush belongs to the family of pepper plants (piperaceae). Classic is in this case the black pepper. It is universally distinguished between green, black and red pepper. The black pepper is often referred to as real pepper. Originally, he comes from South India. Today, however, it is cultivated in many regions in Asia (for example India and Sri Lanka), but also in Africa and Brazil. Pepper is an export hit and that's why you can buy pepper in each country. Pepper is the most traded spice in the world! Pepper has been traded between Asia and Europe since antiquity. At that time even by land. The high durability of pepper makes it even more popular. But also, the ability to make other foods more durable by using pepper with them and its usage as a remedy, boosted his popularity well. To use it as a remedy or healing drug, the fully grown, but still green fruits must be dried. After being treated with boiling water, they are heat-dried. When eating the pepper, heat and pain receptors are activated (similar to chilli!). This leads to increased production of gastric juice, saliva and digestive enzymes. Pepper thus stimulates the appetite and promotes digestion. Nowadays, pepper is hardly used as a health-promoting substance. With all these advantages, however, a hefty price for pepper was able to establish itself. At times pepper was even outweighed with gold! At that time, the Turks and Arabs had a monopoly on the spice trade with India. It was the year 1498 when Vasco da Gama managed to bring peppers by sea from India to Europe. A first milestone, so that you can buy pepper here today - even without breaking your pot of gold :)
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What should be considered if you want to grow pepper yourself?
If you want to harvest your own pepper, you must be aware in advance that this is not just a short phase. A pepper bush can become very old, up to 30 years sometimes. However, it cannot stand outdoors all year round, as it is too cold for that. The ambient temperature must not fall below 18 ° C, otherwise the shrub will be destroyed. A greenhouse or winter garden is therefore ideal for growing pepper.
What makes pepper hot?
Responsible for the heat in the pepper are the alkaloid piperine and derivatives of peperin (piperettin, piperylin, piperanin, chavicin). Depending on the type of pepper, other substances of varying composition are added, which are called alkamides. Pepper also contains essential oils, depending on the pepper, in varying proportions. These oils give the pepper its flavor.
What options does the pepper offer?
Of course, the pepper is primarily used as a spice in the kitchen, depending on the dish, but it is arguably the most important in the world, there is hardly a dish without pepper. The applicability possibilities are really diverse. Depending on your personal taste, you can give every food the right kick. Of course, the spice should not be left out when grilling.
What methods can you use to iron out "kitchen accidents" with pepper?
If the pinch of the pepper is a bit too big, it may be possible to save the dish. If you have not stirred the pepper yet, this is very good, because in this case, you can easily skim off the spice. If you use crushed peppercorns, for example in a sauce, you can also use a strainer to remove them. But if you have already mixed the pepper right in, you still have other options. The simplest of them is the stretching of the food. That is, you give, if any, again all other ingredients (except the pepper of course) in the dish, the original taste is restored. In order to reduce the heat of the pepper, also dairy products, such as yogurt, butter or cream are particularly good. A potato also neutralizes the heat. For this to work, just peel a raw potato, put in the soup or sauce, interrupt the heat, wait a few minutes and only then remove the potato and season again. With this method you diminish the heat. So, what is useful for "defusing" too much pepper is explained in the following list:
- skimming the pepper
- mixing with the other ingredients in order to stretch the dish
- dairy products (egg cream, yogurt, butter)
- A raw potato also reduces the spiciness.
First aid when the pepper gets into the eyes:
That pepper can attack the mucous membranes - it is well known - it is not for no reason that there are the so-called pepper sprays for self-defense. But what can you do if it happens for you to have a mishap in the kitchen with the pepper. If the spice gets in your eyes, the most important thing is to stay calm. Then you should go to the sink and rinse your affected eye under running water. The water has to be lukewarm. The urge to rub is great, but also treacherous. If you rub the spot, you only make the situation worse. If after flushing there is no improvement, you should definitely go to a doctor. Cayenne pepper must not be rinsed out with water, since it is strictly speaking chilli. In this case, it is best to moisten a kitchen towel with oil and put it on the eye. One possible way of transmission is your hands, so you should wash your hands thoroughly after using pepper in order to avoid any undesirable situations. Because, we humans often unconsciously touch our face many times a day.
What else should you know about this spice:
A peppercorn contains many essential oils, which are responsible for their smell and also for their taste. For this reason, it is advisable to grind the spices fresh in a pepper mill or crush in a mortar. The essential oil of pepper, can be bought also already extracted. It is often used, for example, for the so-called aroma therapy.
The peppery conclusion
There are several types of pepper. The color of the grain provides information about the degree of ripeness of the fruit. Red pepper is a specialty because it is an Asian variety. The so-called cayenne pepper is not a "real pepper", but is obtained from chilli peppers. Originally, the spice comes from India, which clarifies also where the pepper grows. Pepper has also been indispensable in our kitchen for many centuries. Its hot taste and the typical smell of the pepper is owed to the etheric oils.
If for some reason you have spilled a little bit too much pepper in the food, there are more methods to make it good again. If the spice has come into your eyes, you have to remain calm. If the spice comes into contact with the eyes, it is enough that you rinse the eyes with warm water. In order to grow your own pepper, you would need a greenhouse because the bush cannot survive the wintertime.
By the way, did you already know…?
Chilli has been mistaken by Christopher Columbus due to its heat for a pepper variety. This is the reason why the chilli has the same Spanish name as the pepper: Pimenta. This is why the chilies are also very often named the “Spanish pepper” and they are called also “peppers”. This is not truly correct, but the discoverer sets the rules ;) This is also where the name of out Shop comes from: Pepperworld Hot Shop. Thankfully in our shop you can find both “pepper” and “peppers”.