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Black pepper and its role in the history of world exploration | Tellicherry pepper |

Black pepper and its role in the history of world exploration

Tellicherry pepper is an heirloom black pepper that is in great demand on the International market and is cultivated on the Malabar Coast of India. Malabar refers to the historical coastal region of Kerala - India. Under the Malabar region, the current Wayanad, Calicut, and Kannur (Tellicherry) districts were significant places to produce and trade Tellicherry pepper from the olden days. Tellicherry pepper varieties are known for their size, complex flavour and overall high quality.

Role of Black pepper in world exploration

Indian spices were traded throughout the world before European colonization, including peppercorn, ginger, nutmeg, clove etc., which are native to India. Peppercorns have been found in archaeological excavations dating back thousands of years.

From the beginning, black pepper was the essential spice in the spice trade. It played a significant role in ancient India and Chinese medicines, became a critical ingredient of Roman food, and remained central in the cuisine of medieval Europe. Pepper was known in Greece by the 4th century BCE, considered a luxury item only the rich could afford. They used black pepper in medicines and to flavour wine. Black Pepper became an essential ingredient in food in the Roman world. The wealthy used Black pepper liberally in almost everything eaten.

Dreams of its acquisition drove Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer around the Cape of Africa to the Indian Ocean; Vasco da Gama reached Kappad, near Kozhikode (Calicut) in Kerala-India, which was a part of the Kingdom of the Zamorin (Samuthiri Raja) of Calicut.

Tellicherry peppercorns are considered the most prized variety of black pepper due to their complex flavour. The berries are larger with a full, robust flavour. Tellicherry pepper is considered one of the finest peppers in the world.

Pepper also has health benefits! Most people know that black pepper has a long history as an ingredient used for flavouring dishes worldwide. But did you know that it's also known for being a powerful health aid? Black pepper contains an active compound called piperine, which enhances the absorption of curcumin—the main active compound found in turmeric root—by up to 2200%—packed with nutrients such as vitamins A and C, along with antioxidants like phenols and flavonoids.

Black peppercorn has been used for culinary purposes for thousands of years and has medicinal uses. Black peppercorns obtained from Kerala have a significantly higher oleoresin content than those produced elsewhere in India. Peppercorn oleoresins have been shown to have medically beneficial properties such as antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also shown that these compounds may slow tumour growth and have good absorption properties when taken orally.


As you can see, TGSEB varieties are high-quality pepper with a rich history. If you are interested in buying organic Tellicherry black peppercorns from Wayanad District, Kerala (India), check out our website

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