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Category: Hot Spices

Seeking Spice in Japan 9: Sansho, Shichimi, Ichimi in Nishiki Market, Kyoto

Not a restaurant for a change, but places in the Nishiki market of Kyoto that offered some insight into the…

Long Pepper (Piper longum)

Piper longum Common Name: Long Pepper Origin: Southeast Asia (continental), India When you think of the medieval pepper trade, you would probably…

Comet’s Tail Pepper (Piper cubeba)

Piper cubeba Common Name: Comet’s Tail Pepper Origin: Southeast Asia (Islands) This pepper species produces its corns on small stems, giving them…

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Piper nigrum Common Name: Black Pepper Origin: India, Southeast Asia Black pepper seems like the major pungent spice. From the European point…

The Strange Attraction of a Repulsive Affection

or: Why Consume Chile Peppers? The hot, burning sensation of chile pepper pods is actually a sensation of pain: physiologically,…

“Hot” – Hot Spices besides Chilli

Black pepper is the typical Euro-American hot condiment; hot sauces have overtaken ketchup as the most popular American flavoring, and…

ShanHuJiao – Discovering a New ‘Pepper’ in China

I wish I could say I was out exploring wild mountains of the Chinese countryside, but it was just a…

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