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The Pepper Trail

Pepper is the number one selling spice in the world; comes
in -green, black, red and white colors yet all come from the same plant, the color
is related to how ripe it is and how it has been processed. In India, it has been
used in cooking for over 2000 years!

Pepper was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the past as it was so expensive and sort
after, that the traders formed spice routes from India to Europe and would often
fight over them. I read somewhere that a few centuries ago, a man’s wealth was
measured by his stock pile of pepper. The Romans would even demand pepper as a
ransom when besieging a city.

If you want to see pepper plantations, just visit Coorg - it’s a beautiful drive
from Mangalore / Bengaluru. There you will see pepper vines spread all over
breathtaking hills. And it’s a year round destination, you could visit anytime
including heavy monsoons.

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