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Pepper (Piper nigrum)



digestive, antimicrobial, diuretic

Areas of application:

Give the digestive organs the right impulse, warms us from the inside out and thus improves blood circulation in the tissue, impotence

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

during the whole year

To find:

Pepper is a tropical plant and a climbing plant that comes from southern India.


Essential oil, fatty oil, acid amides, piperine, polysaccharides


Pepper from the pepper family (Piperaceae) is an evergreen tropical climbing shrub that can grow up to ten meters high. It has dark green, pointed and smooth leaves and produces spike-shaped white flowers. The flowers develop into fruit clusters with single-seeded berries, the peppercorns.

The white, green, black and red peppercorns all come from the same bush. The green peppercorns are not yet fully ripe and are usually pickled in brine or vinegar. The white ones are the ripe, red peppercorns. They are soaked in water and the skin is then rubbed off and dried. The black ones are the half-ripe, green fruits. They are fermented in large piles and then dried in the sun. The red ones are the fully ripe peppercorns. They are preserved with their fruit wall and are placed in brine, which has a preservative effect.


Pepper is used as a spice in the kitchen and goes well with almost everywhere. There is often salt and pepper on the tables for seasoning.

In Ayurvedic medicine, hardly any tea is missing a small pinch of pepper.

Hildegard von Bingen: The pepper has a certain amount of ruin in it because it makes bad juices. But if someone is addicted to the spleen and is disgusted by food so that he cannot eat, then he should put a lot of pepper in a dish or on bread and the spleen will feel better and the disgust for food will disappear.

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