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Fun Facts on Pepper

  • Pepper is the number one selling spice in America
  • Pepper comes in many colors, green, black, red and white but all comes from the same plant, the color is related to how ripe it is and how it has been processed
  • Pepper is native to India and grows as a tall vine with the peppercorns as flowering drupes
  • It has been used in cooking for over 2000 years!
  • Pepper was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the past as it was so expensive and sort after, traders formed spice routes from India to Europe and would often fight over them
  • In the Middle ages a mans wealth was measured by his stock pile of pepper
  • The Romans would even demand pepper as a ransom when besieging a city
  • Pepper gets its kick from the compound peperine
  • Pepper loses its flavor and aroma through evaporation so its best to keep it in an airtight container
  • Consider using whole peppercorns and grinding just before use to maintain flavor and add near the end of cooking

Recipe ideas:

  • black pepper chicken
  • top pasta dishes with freshly ground mixed pepper
  • add to omelets
  • roast asparagus with pepper
  • add to soups

There are endless ways to season with pepper, next time you buy pepper how will you use it?

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August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Fun Facts on Paprika

  • Paprika is so much more than a coloring agent!
  • It is made by grinding the pods of the pepper plant capsicum annium
  • In Hungry there are 6 classes of Paprika
  • We carry 3 varieties of Hungarian Paprika, sweet, hot and smoked.
  • The most common pepper to make Paprika is the sweet red pepper
  • Paprika is a National spice in Hungry with a 200 year history

  • The villages become a vibrant red color at harvesting time when the peppers are hung with string outside and along fences
  • Paprika is perisable and is best stored in a cool dark place.
  • Traditional Hungarian dishes that use Paprika are Goulash and Papikash
  • It is also added to Spanish Chorizo and Turkish and Portuguese soups and stews

But why not get creative !

  • add it to potatoes or fries
  • add to chicken or fish
  • use in black beans or stews
  • @Hanneke on twitter states that she adds to chicken, potatoes in dressings and the smoked paprika gives a wonderful smoky taste and aroma.

So what are you going to add your paprika to?

May 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm 1 comment


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