black pepper spice uses

What is the black pepper spice uses? Black pepper or Piper nigrum is a kind of fruit originally from the Indian tropical forest. The fruit functions as spices to add flavor and aroma to dishes. Yes, it brings a warm and hot taste if you apply it in the right amount.

To get black pepper, there are some steps to do. The farmer doesn’t let the pepper fruit be 100% ripe. When it shows signs of being almost ripe, they harvest it and dry it until it is blackened. Then, the dry pepper is directly sold or ground into black pepper powder.

Aside from bringing a sense of warmth to your dishes, black pepper has some other functions when it is poured. What are they?

Savoring Dishes

Well, black pepper is not only warm or hot but also a little bit savory and sweet. Of course, it just enriches your dishes whether they are foods or even beverages. Black pepper also tends to have a stronger aroma than white one.

That’s why, if you want to cook food with a strong pepper flavor and aroma, black pepper is more recommended. Meanwhile, the white pepper is just added when serving when the pepper flavor does not feel enough.

black pepper spice uses

Food Marinating

Marinating is a process of soaking meat or fish in spicy water or sauce. The main purpose is to name the ingredient savorier with the flavor absorbed well. After the Marinating process, you can do further steps if cooking whether it is frying, baking, or steaming.

Black pepper is one of the main ingredients for Marinating. Many types of dishes use spice in the process whether it is western and Eastern foods. Not only black pepper but also some other spices are added like salt, sugar, ginger, lemon grass, basil, thyme, and more.

Food Dressing

Some types of food need dressing when they are served. Salad and steak are easy examples of them. Dressing means the use of paste or sauce, not during the cooking process, but to serve together when the food has been ready. Commonly, the paste or sauce is poured into the food or served separately.

Black pepper is one of the most common ingredients of food dressing. There is the black pepper sauce in which the black pepper is used as the main flavor of the sauce. Besides, it is often added as an additional ingredient for other types of sauce.

Covering the Fishy Smell

Certain ingredients are too fishy such as salmon, sardine, lobster, or even lamb. To cover the fishy smell so that it doesn’t smell too strong, you can pour a mix of spices, including black pepper. The combination of the fishy smell and black pepper can even make the flavor more appetizing.

Adding Nutrition

A tablespoon of black pepper contains many types of nutrition including carbohydrates, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid, zinc, and more.

With a bunch of nutrition, the spice is also well known for its antioxidants, antibacterial, and anti-inflammation characteristics. So, it is not exaggerating to say that one of the black pepper spice uses is to maintain our health. 

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