White pepper comes from black pepper. Black pepper is known as the “King of Spices.” And this King of spices comes with another excellent culinary companion. That is white pepper. As the name rightfully suggests, this pepper comes in white and grey hues. They are similar in shape to black pepper. White pepper is scientifically known as Piper Nigrum and comes from the Piperaceae family.
Nutritional Value –
This pepper provides 296 calories per 100 grams. Further, Vitamin C is 35 %, and calcium is 26% in white pepper. Manganese is high in white pepper and this helps in healthy metabolism of body.
Selenium is present in it and this is known for improving male sexual hormones and curing impotence. Zinc is also present in it , and this helps in improving sperm motility and increases sperm count
Difference between black & white pepper –
Both white and black pepper come from the Piper nigrum plant. This flowering vine is grown for its fruit, which is then dried and used as peppercorn or ground up to season and flavor foods.
Black pepper is made from the drupes of the unripe pepper plant, which are cooked in hot water, dried and then ground up into a spice. White pepper, on the other hand, is made from seed of the nearly ripe pepper plant with the darker skin removed. The skin is removed through a process called retting in which the seed is soaked in water and the skin is slowly decomposed.
Aside from appearance, there are also some differences in flavor between white pepper vs. black pepper. White pepper has a milder taste, while black pepper is considered a more complex and pungent flavor. Black pepper also lasts longer, while white pepper can quickly become stale and lose its flavor very quickly.
How to use this super spice?
• You can sprinkle it’s powder on top of the eggs.
• White pepper goes well with a variety of cheeses.
• It works perfectly with any salad. You can add ground white pepper to your favourite salad with almonds and walnuts. It will add a crunch to the peppery recipe.
• Boost the flavour of any soup with this pepper powder.
• It can make taste in savoury oats and you will have your new favourite breakfast.
• Sprinkle ground this pepper powder to your sabzis and curries.
• Add whole of this pepper while making biryani or vegetable pulao.
• You can add whole/ ground of this pepper to your daily detox tea.
• Respiratory Diseases
It is used extensively in cold and winter conditions to prevent chest congestion. This pepper acts as a decongestant and clears nasal passage.
It is known to improve digestion and enhance appetite. Hence, this type of pepper may help with anorexia by increasing hunger. Therefore, incorporating this pepper into your diet may help with anorexia symptoms.
This pepper contains a compound called capsaicin. This substance benefits in reducing headaches.Capsaicin works by dilating (relaxing) the blood vessels. It is due to the effect on neurons. Capsaicin helps in better blood flow. It is how this pepper may treat/ prevent headaches.
It is a known food to reduce all sorts of joint and spinal pains. Elderly people benefit immensely as they get relief from arthritis and gout attack, which cause immense pain in the body. This pepper also helps to strengthen the muscles.
It is rich in flavonoids, vitamin A and vitamin c. These help in lowering high blood pressure, promoting cardio vascular health of hypertension facing patients.
• Male sexual health
It is known to cure impotence, and one should mix this pepper in coffee together and drink the mixture daily. It is known to increase blood flow and is useful in improving libido in men. It helps in the production of sperms and increases the sperm count. Further, sperm motility is also improved. This helps in the treatment of infertility.
• Prevents cancer
This pepper prevents occurrence of cancer. It prevents the formation of free radicals inside the body. Capsaicin is present in it which helps in preventing the occurrence of prostate cancer.
Side Effects –
Some people may also experience food allergy symptoms after eating white pepper. If you notice any side effects, such as hives, swelling, tingling or abdominal pain, after consuming this pepper, discontinue use immediately and consider consulting with a qualified health care professional.
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