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It's called the King of Spices for good reason. For centuries it served as the cornerstone for various economies and it inspired trade, conquest, and exploration in search of better trade routes and new supplies. It’s the world’s most traded spice, accounting for 20% of the entire spice trade. Come along with Tidbits as we discover that pepper is nothing to sneeze at! THE HISTORY OF PEPPER • The word pepper originated with the Sanskrit word ‘pippali.’ It went into the Latin language as ‘piper’ and then into German as ‘pfeffer.’ The word pepper was used in a figurative sense to mean ‘spirit’ or ‘energy’ as far back as the 1840s. Sometime in the early 20th century, it was shortened to ‘pep.’ • Pepper is one of the oldest and most important spices in human history. Pepper was the first spice to make its way into Northern Europe as the Roman Empire spread. Back in the days when salting was the only method of preserving meat, pepper was valued because it gave food added ‘pep.’ • Historians discount the myth that pepper was popular because it disguised the taste of rotten meat, saying that nothing can disguise the taste of rotten meat. Now you can buy a year's supply of pepper for a few dollars, but it used to cost an ounce of gold to buy an ounce of pepper. WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Publish a

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THE ORIGIN OF PEPPER • Black pepper comes from the berries of a tropical vine in the botanical family called Piperaceae. The pepper that we sprinkle on our food is entirely different from the red peppers, bell peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers which come from the Capsicum family. Those are fruits, whereas black pepper is a berry. • Columbus, searching for a shorter route to the pepper supply of India, discovered the New World. Because he was desperate to find pepper, everything that he came across which had a hot taste was dubbed "pepper." That's why today we have green peppers and chili peppers. • Black pepper grows best in moist tropical areas and is native to southern India. Currently Vietnam is the world's largest producer and exporter of pepper, producing 34% of the world's supply. Other top exporters include India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

4. After this volcano exploded in 1980, souvenir salt and pepper shakers shaped like it became 1. Black pepper is the third most popular. Name the volcano. common ingredient called for in 5. What percent of the pepper recipes. What two ingredients grown in Vietnam is exported? top pepper? 6. What percent of the pepper 2. Black pepper is the most popular used in the U.S. is imported? spice in America, but what spice 7. What nutrient is the most comes in second? prevalent in black pepper? 3. A single ounce of peppercorns, 8. T or F: Black pepper contains iron. when ground, can flavor apTRIVIA proximately how many eggs?

• Pepper vines grow up to 30 feet tall, killing any tree they clamber over. On modern farms, they are kept to 12 feet to make harvest easier, and they climb up poles rather than trees.


• Much of the world’s pepper is grown on family farms in India and Malaysia where homegarden plots may yield only one or two pounds of pepper per year.

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• Each vine becomes productive after three or four years, and will bear fruit every third year for up to 40 years. A good vine will produce up to 12 pounds of peppercorns annually. The pepper comes from berries that hang in clusters off the vine like tiny little grapes.

• When monetary value is considered, peppercorns are the most widely traded spice in the world. However, if weight is considered, slightly more chili peppers are traded than peppercorns.

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PIPERINE • The chemical in pepper called piperine (pronounced PIE-pur-een) is what gives pepper its bite. Each peppercorn is made up of about five to seven percent piperine. It's an irritant and when it comes in contact with delicate nasal passages, it causes a sneeze to clean it out. Piperine stimulates mucous membranes and it is also a diaphoretic, meaning it causes perspiration. Therefore, if you have a cold and eat a good peppery soup, it may help your congestion clear up. PEPPER POPULARITY • Black pepper is the top selling spice in America. • Americans consume 37 million pounds of pepper per year altogether. • Worldwide consumption totals 130 million pounds annually. • The average American will shake seven ounces of ground pepper onto their food at the table each year. PEPPER FACTS • Studies have shown that pepper stimulates the digestive tract, increases the appetite, and aids digestion. • Pepper starts losing its flavor as soon as it's ground, becoming completely flat in taste as the volatile oils evaporate. Ground pepper should be kept in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator to preserve its spiciness. Whole peppercorns, on the other hand, will keep their flavor forever. • Pepper should not be added before cooking because it reacts to heat and turns bitter. Instead, sprinkle it on as a garnish after the cooking is over. (This is why waiters offer to pepper your food after the meal has arrived at your table.) • Ground pepper will not dissolve in water, but when dissolved in alcohol, it quadruples in pepper power.


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• Some people believe pepper can help cure vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation, turning it white in patches. (Michael Jackson suffered from this affliction.) According to researchers in London, piperine can stimulate the skin to produce pigment. Topical treatment of piperine combined with ultra violet light therapy is much better than the other treatments for vitiligo. • Piperine is a natural insecticide and can be used in the garden. Mix a teaspoon full of ground pepper with a quart of warm water and spray. • The volatile oils from black peppercorns are used in the manufacture of perfume in order to provide a warm and earthy odor.



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• On Sept. 26, 1580, English seaman Francis Drake returns to England, becoming the first British navigator to sail around the world. Drake had set out from England on Dec. 13, 1577, with five ships on a mission to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World. • On Sept. 27, 1869, in Kansas, Ellis County sheriff Wild Bill Hickok responds to a bar brawl and kills one man. Weeks later he killed a second man in the name of law enforcement. While his brutal ways were effective, local citizens were less than impressed. At the next election Hickok was voted out. • On Sept. 22, 1953, the world's first four-level interchange opens in Los Angeles at the intersection of the Harbor, Hollywood, Pasadena and Santa Ana freeways -- 32 lanes of traffic weaving in eight directions at once. • On Sept. 23, 1969, the trial for eight anti-war activists charged with the violent demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago. The trial turned into a circus as the defendants used the court to attack President Richard Nixon, the war, racism and oppression. • On Sept. 25, 1978, a Pacific Southwest Airlines 727 jet collides in mid-air with a small plane over San Diego, killing 153 people. The Cessna's student pilot did not comply with air controller instruction to keep the plane below 3,500 feet altitude. • On Sept. 21, 1989, the Senate Armed Forces Committee unanimously confirms President George H. Bush's nomination of Army Gen. Colin Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell became the first black American to achieve the nation's highest military post. • On Sept. 24, 1996, bestselling author Stephen King releases two new novels at once. "Desperation" was released under King's name, while "The Regulators" was published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

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• Guards on Alcatraz Island allegedly told prisoners that the island was surrounded by sharks who had had their right fins removed so that they could do nothing but swim in circles around the island. This was thought to deter prisoners from breaking out and swimming to the mainland. In truth, although there are sharks swimming in the waters off Alcatraz, they are not the man-eating variety, even with both fins. • It’s about a mile and a half from the island to shore, a hard swim but by no means impossible. In fact, each summer 1,000 amateur athletes compete in the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon. First they swim the mile and a half from Alcatraz Island. Then they take an 18-mile bike ride through Golden Gate Park, and they finish up with an eight-mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


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