is black pepper made up of. See I need to know cause I'm using
it in a part of my school science project and I need to know as
soon as possible.
Ricardo, no address supplied
Black pepper is made of.....black pepper!!! It is a spice...the
dried berries of a tree. Read on...
PEPPER: The small, round berries of the woody perennial
evergreen vine Piper nigrum. Black pepper, white pepper,
and green pepper are all obtained from these same berries in different
stages of maturity. For black pepper, the berries are picked whilst
green, left in heaps to ferment sun-dried, and allowed to shrivel
and turn dark brown or black. Thus the whole berry, including the
dark outer hull, forms what we know as black pepper.
White pepper is produced from fully ripened berries,
which are greenish-yellow when picked and at the point of turning
red. Then they are soaked in water, the outer hull is rubbed off,
and the grey inner berries are sun-dried until they turn creamy
white, to become what is known as white pepper.
Green peppercorns are soft, immature berries that
have been picked and preserved in brine, or freeze dried.
Black pepper is characterized by a penetrating odour
and a hot, biting, and extremely pungent flavour; milder-flavoured
white pepper is generally appreciated in European cuisine. Either
way, black and white pepper are used in practically every cuisine
in the world. Although available pre-ground, discerning cooks prefer
the superior flavour of freshly ground peppercorns, for which a
pepper mill is an essential acquisition.
Good luck with your project!
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