The Spice Messenger


The First Spice Blend & Black Pepper Appreciation

Here is the first spice blend in this month’s subscription which will be used for marinating. It contains 7 different spices and black pepper is featured in the blend which is a defining spice for our main dish.

This is one of the most loved and widely used spices across the world and for many of us it sits on our dining table every day! So we decided to have a dig into some of the reasons why this spice is so popular:

1) It contains piperine, a chemical that has numerous health benefits! And when combined with turmeric the piperine enhances the absorption of curcumin which helps to magnify turmeric’s health benefits too! (and luckily we have both of these spices in our blend!). Together they have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to reduce cancer growth.

2) It can help to treat depression and improve brain activity

3) Back in the days before toothpaste it was used to clean teeth with its strong flavor and antiseptic properties!

4) It goes back to 2000 BC where it was a sign of prestige and was worth more than silver! That’s how it earnt its name “Black Gold”

5) And finally, its peppery heat and earthy flavor enhances dishes from all around the world!

What an amazing spice!

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