Sisterhood of traveling peppers…

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What led to the discovery of Americas/new world? The search of a land called ‘India’! And why were Columbus and his sailor buddies looking for India? They were interested in spices!! Yes spices, and to be more specific they were interested in Piper Nigrum, commonly known as “Black Pepper”.

Discovery of America led to “Columbian Exchange” which was a mass exchange of foods, cultures, and diseases…It literally changed the world! For better or for worse? Who knows and who is to decide? So really if you think about it, not soccer but a spice was responsible for David’s transatlantic move! 😛

Columbian exchange not only introduced black pepper to Americas but it also caused Chili Pepper to break out to the old world for which us Indians can’t be thankful enough (can you even imagine Indian food without red chili powder?!)

So, one was born in Americas, traveled east..She came, she saw and she conquered over rest of the Indian spices… so much so that India is now the biggest producer and also the biggest consumer of Chili Peppers in the world!

Whilst her distant Indian cousin has already crossed over the seven oceans and won over western hemisphere a long time ago. Did you know that United States of America is the biggest consumer of Black Peppers today (can you imagine mashed potatoes or Mac N Cheese without a dash of pepper?!)

Apart from spicing food up, both these sisters have an impressive portfolio of health benefits to flaunt.

Certain people who can not handle spicy stuff tend to steer away from these hot sisters. But one can always start by sprinkling a little amount on food every now and then..and gradually develop tolerance and even a taste for it.


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Soniya Nikam, MS, RD.

Soniya Nikam, MS, RD.

She is a Registered Dietitian who does not believe in dieting; She has a Master's Degree in Nutrition but she is not your "I know it all Nutrition Guru!"; She loves food but loves talking about food even more. Her articles are a direct reflection of her personal quest where nutrition science meets real life! Oh, and she is owned by a 3 m.o. naughty kitten :)

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