Envision yourself in India during the Mesolithic Era, before Pangaea separated the continents, and cavemen ruled the world. As a caveman (or cavewoman), your main duty was to search for food and to find ways to enhance the flavor of food. You had to forge through giant-fern infested forests and thick underbrush to find nutritious berries and healthy vegetables.
With no farmer’s market, grocery chain, specialty market, top chef, Food Network, or restaurant to tempt your taste buds, you were on your own in the kitchen – well, it really was a campfire, but a primitive kitchen just the same. One day you run into a leafy green plant that has a black peppercorn. And whala! The rest is history.
Through fossils, Archaeologists have discovered that the prehistoric people of India used peppercorns as a spice for seasoning. The Malabar region of India – the southern lands between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea – is said to be the source of black pepper. Black pepper is the fruit (or berry) of a flowering vine in the Piperaceae plant family. The berry is cultivated, dried, and used as spice.
Over time, black pepper became known as the king of spices around the world. Not only used for cooking, it was used for its healing properties and mystic vibe. The Egyptians used it in their mummification rituals, inserting peppercorns into nostrils Ramesses II’s mummy. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, was known to use black pepper for medicinal purposes. Through the Middle Ages, black pepper was often referred to as black gold. Peppercorns were treasured for trading and sometimes used for bartering.
According to Green Health Matters, adding black pepper to your diet could help you lose weight. It is a thermogenic spice that has been shown to decrease belly fat (visceral fat).
Boosting metabolism, peppercorn’s outer layer creates an enzymatic reaction that may assist in the breakdown of fat cells, helping you to lose weight. Besides weight loss, black pepper is known for its natural anti-depressant attributes, improving mood. It also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals. Here are a few black pepper concoctions to try to help with your weight loss efforts. Use fresh ground black pepper for best results.