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Kerala Spices

      Pepper

      'King Of Spices'

      This is rightly known as the 'King Of Spices' and is one of the best-known spices in the world.

      Kerala has always reigned supreme in the production and export of this most exotic and sought-after spice. One of the earliest spices known, pepper is probably the most widely used spice in the world today.

      Kerala's pepper reached Europe through Arab traders who held a monopoly over its trade. Europe in the middle ages saw the enormous potential of pepper as a food preservative and eagerly sought to control its trade.The potential profits by trading in pepper was to lead to the earliest colonial conquests and wars . Easily the finest in quality anywhere, Kerala's pepper is grown in along the low lands and high ranges of Kerala.

      A combination of natural advantages and organic techniques produces bigger, better-shaped, more aromatic and flavored pepper, better than anywhere else in the world. The 'Malabar Garbled' and 'Tellichery Extra Bold' are some of the more famous varieties of pepper. Pepper is a perennial climber requiring the support of live or dead trees.

      Medicinal Value:
      It has a limited usage in medicine as a carminative and as a stimulant of gastric secretions.

      Propogation:
      Propagation is by stem cutting.

      Varieties:
      Panniyur-1,Karimunda, Kuthiravally, Arakkulam Munda, Balankotta and Kalluvally

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