Long Pepper (Piper longum)

Piper longum

Piper longumPiper longum

Common Name: Long Pepper

Origin: Southeast Asia (continental), India

When you think of the medieval pepper trade, you would probably think of sacks of black pepper corns, but long pepper apparently used to be prized even more highly – and therefore, traded more – than black pepper.

The aroma and pungency of long pepper is considerably different from that of the (nowadays) more usual black pepper; much more perfumed and aromatic and rather less pungent.