The history of black pepper seems to find its origins in India and over centuries has greatly influenced the trading world as a culinary ingredient as well as for its medicinal qualities. The author weaves a tale surrounding “a mere wrinkled ball of flavor” through history, financial success and greed from the journals and ships logs of merchantman and sailors written hundreds of years ago. At the height of its trade, whereas nutmeg and cloves were more profitable, pepper was more valuable than gold and silver due to the volume (some seven million pounds in Europe in 1622) and broad use by everyone. This story of pepper will certainly give one a “taste” of the worlds most common spices.
7 April, 2020