On the last Tea Tuesday, we discovered that Black Pepper is one of the main ingredients of Chai Tea. After a little digging, I discovered that this popular spice is also pretty beneficial on its own.
Black Pepper comes from the pepper plant; a woody vine that grows best in hot climates. Native to India, the pepper plant will sprout clusters of little white flowers after 3-4 years that will then turn into peppercorns. Black pepper, white pepper, and green pepper all come from the same plant and are simply picked at various stages of development. Black pepper is usually picked when the berry is about half-ripe. It is then dried and presented as the spice we all know and love. (World’s Healthiest Foods)
Black pepper is loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals, including a huge supply of manganese. It also has a decent amount of vitamin K, copper, fiber, calcium, chromium, and iron.
A tea made from black pepper is useful in treating wet coughs, digestive issues, arthritis pain, and some circulation issues. It is an antioxidant powerhouse and cleans out free radicals like nobody’s business. That alone will help combat diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. It helps your digestion by acting as a stimulant and making your body produce more hydrochloric acid (digestive juice). It also acts as a diuretic (promotes the urinary system and reduces bloating) and a diaphoric to promote sweating.
Basically, black pepper is pretty darn good for you! Sprinkle it liberally on your food, or try the tea below! I will warn you, though: this tea isn’t for the faint of heart!
The simplest black pepper tea recipe I have comes from Reader’s Digest. I have personally tried this cough remedy, but, frankly, it was too spicy for me. You will need:
1 teaspoon of freshly-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of honey
Put the pepper and honey in a cup and add boiling water. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and sip as needed.
That’s it! If you try it, be sure to remember the “sip as needed” part. It’s not a tea you want to take a swig of, believe me.
Are you brave enough to take on Black Pepper Tea? Let me know how you like it in the comments below!
The photos came from Organic Facts and Ayurveda Home Remedies.