The Spice Trade

Industry insider knowledge, and usage tips on spices and other ingredients

Pepper: The spice that doesn’t like staying stable


Most of us know Pepper as the omnipresent seasoning ingredient, commonly found as a black or off-white powder and sits in everybody’s kitchen shelves. It’s the dried fruit of a flower, and nowadays is cultivated extensively throughout India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Brazil. So what is it about the spice that’s so hard to contain? Well, the price. Pepper is a stimulant that has been highly valued since the beginning of trade itself. In fact, the search for Pepper spurred the founding of new trade routes in the 15th century, where Pepper was traded ounce for ounce with precious … keep reading