White Pepper

White peppercorns actually come from the same plant as black peppercorns, (Piper nigrum) but these peppercorns have been allowed to fully ripen before having their black outer husks removed. Ground white peppercorns go especially well in sauces, on light colored meats such as fish, with eggs, and in mashed potatoes. White peppercorns get fully ripen to a red color before being picked. They are then soaked for several days in a brine solution that helps to loosen the dark outer haul of the peppercorns. The outer hauls are then removed to reveal the white inner kernels we know as white peppercorns. These white peppercorns are from India and have a slightly hotter flavor. They are used in some cuisines for its specific flavor. It is common in Chinese cooking, and petradish also uses it in aromatic Vietnamese soups and pork dishes, as well as in many Swedish preparations.They help keep light colored dishes light.While pinkpepper is used in many dishes specially for its attractive color. Three different kinds of peppercorns are produced by the same plant Piper nigrum: black, white, and green. While pinkpepper originated from a different plant.

Medicinal Uses:

As with many Eastern spices, pepper was used historically as both a spice and a medicine. Based on secondary sources, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), white pepper is used for joint pain and stiffness, such as from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It is also reported that white pepper is used in acupuncture moxibustion techniques. However, at this time, there is a lack of high-quality human trials to support the use of white pepper for any indication.

Ayurveda: In Ayurvedic medicine, white pepper has been used to treat nasal congestion and hemorrhoids.

Chinese medicine: Based on secondary sources, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), white pepper is thought to have warming properties and is used for joint pain and stiffness (from conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome), dyspepsia, nausea, malaria, cholera, cancer, food poisoning, dysentery and gonorrhea. White pepper has also been applied topically to relieve pain. Based on secondary sources, in moxibustion techniques, white pepper is mixed with flour to make a paste and applied over the acupuncture point, then covered with a moxa cone and ignited.

Modern (Western) herbal medicine: King’s American Dispensatory (1898) reportedly describes use of a topical cataplasm containing equal parts of vervain, senna and white pepper mixed together with egg whites for “promoting the absorption of the blood effused in bruises.” Topically, white pepper essential oil is used for treatment of pain, such as from muscular aches, sprains, osteoporosis, rheumatism and arthritis.People take white pepper for stomach upset, malaria,cholera, and cancer.

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