BLACK PEPPER / PIPER NIGRUM
Black pepper is the most popular, most expensive and most essential spice of the world that much pricey that it is also called “Black Gold”.Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn. The word “pepper” has its roots in the Dravidian word for long pepper, pippali.Black pepper is the most commonly used spice in the world and, paired with salt, is found on most tables in the home. The plant that it comes from, common pepper (Piper nigrum), has been cultivated in India for more than 2,000 years for culinary uses. Today, most pepper is imported from India, Sumatra, Japan, Borneo, and the Philippines. Pepper enthusiasts believe that Malabar produces the best pepper.
HOW TO GROW:Soak your black pepper seeds in water for 24 hours prior to planting. Sow seeds very lightly, only about ¼ inch below the surface of the soil and about 3 inches apart and moisten carefully with a spray bottle.Keep the soil moist and warm until the seeds germinate about 30 days later.Place them on top of a radiator or refrigerator if possible to help keep them warm.Move to indirect sunlight once they sprout and transplant the healthiest seedlings outside or to larger growing pots when they are 4 to 6 inches high.
PLANTING:Mix compost and sand to soil before planting. Make hole in soil and plant the seedlings or plants at the same depth as it was grown in previous pot. Pack the soil firmly around the base of plant to hold it in the right position and water thoroughly.If planting in pots, use a pot that is large enough as black pepper plants have extensive root system
Disclaimer:This information is only for the purpose of education and not meant to replace any professional advice of an expert.