Black Pepper

Piper nigrum

"Grow your own pepper! A vigorous subtropical vine from India, black pepper is one of the most popular spices, producing hot and pungent peppercorns. Pepper has been prized since antiquity for both its culinary and medicinal properties. Depending on harvest timing, the fruit can produce black, white and green peppercorns. Small flowers are produced along pendulous spikes, elongating as the fruit matures. Harvest the berries at the first sign of ripening, As they begin to turn red, to capture the best flavour. Try growing this amazing plant and taste the real spice!"

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Black Pepper

"Grow your own pepper! A vigorous subtropical vine from India, black pepper is one of the most popular spices, producing hot and pungent peppercorns. Pepper has been prized since antiquity for both its culinary and medicinal properties. Depending on harvest timing, the fruit can produce black, white and green peppercorns. Small flowers are produced along pendulous spikes, elongating as the fruit matures. Harvest the berries at the first sign of ripening, As they begin to turn red, to capture the best flavour. Try growing this amazing plant and taste the real spice!"

How to grow

A self pollinating tropical/sub tropical climbing vine that will not tolerate frost. May be grown in pots indoors(away from heating and drafts) with good filtered light or greenhouses in cooler climates. Prefers dappled light or part sun position in well drained but humus rich, moist soil with a neutral pH. Pepper likes a cool root run so mulch well. Berries may be picked when fat and green and dried to make black peppercorns or left to ripen on the vine till they turn red. When red berries are dried, the inner seed is what we know as white pepper. Flowers are rain pollinated so overhead water when flowering to mimic this process.

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