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Kerala renowned for the supplier of the finest of peppers from ancient times.Trading of this spice-pepper also known as 'Black Gold' was a major business from ancient times.The Arab merchants used to collect pepper by coming to Kerala's ports and traded to European and other western countries and still Kerala produces fine quality pepper even-though the cultivation of pepper is less compared to the past. 

changing business conditions and demands forced farmers here to switch to coco and vanilla like cultivations in recent times, but its a fact that nothing can replace pepper for its use in our diet and also in medics..Pepper being vastly used in our dishes like a flavoring agent is also having much medicinal qualities. Along with the seeds of pepper the plant stems and roots are also used in some treatments.. 

Hmm.. how could am Omelet be tasty without a little salt and Pepper, and how can you have your soup without a little pepper powder sprinkled in it..


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 The ripe pepper seeds just after the harvest..You may know these are perennial plant groups and in kerala, at the time of harvesting people climbs on the trees with a back pack made of dhotis and collects the pepper.. The photo above is just after they are plucked from the pepper plant.. Some are ripe and turned red na!!
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The ripe green and red pepper seeds just after the harvest..The next step of processing is separating the pepper berries from the stem by crushing under feet..its really fun in families as all people gather together to do the process, till all the seeds are separated carefully.Their is a belief here in kerala that, the byproduct after the separation of pepper must be thrown to the street roads, that people should step over them to get better harvest next time.. Hmm just a belief, from olden times..
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The BLACK GOLD, also termed as King of Spices, the pepper..The next step of processing pepper after separating the berries is to dry them up and get the black pepper..After enough drying the pepper can be used grinded or after removing the black skin over them to get the white seed inside known as white pepper..Usually its used in powder form after grinding the dried up pepper seeds in our dishes.. Hmm and you may know how our dish goes tasty with a little salt and pepper.Hope Kerala will come back to the olden glory times of pepper and paddy cultivation, unlike the current declining state..Thumps up for chillie pepper.


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