Looking for Magic: Black Pepper: Black Pepper history

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Looking for Magic:  Black Pepper

By Sharon
September 25, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." We get so used to seeing condiments at every meal, sometimes we don't even notice them and we certainly never think of the plants that are their source. Most of them provide nutrition our bodies need, whether we realize it or not. So is black pepper magic? Surely not. Oh, but let's take a closer look.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Sep 24, 2012 7:23 PM CST
>> I haven't heard of any Pepper Wars, though there could have been, since it was one of the first commercial products and highly sought after in trade.

I read that some Arab fort was being beseiged by Crusaders who had ridden far on short rations - bad food at that. If the Crusaders had just been patient enough to wiat for the fort to run out of water and food, they could have talen it easily.

But the canny defenders sent their cooks up onto the walls to cook the spiciest, most aromatic dishes they knew when the wind was blowing toward the besiegers. They used lots of black pepper.

The Crusaders couldn't resist the aroma, charged into a storm of arrows with rumbling stomachs, drooling mouths and no sense of strategy ... and died.

Next time, think twice before saying "I'm dieing to see what that tastes like!"
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 7:33 PM CST
Love learning lessons, Rick, and that is a new one for me!!!
Thank you.

Or maybe 'the fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach'??
Or words to that effect!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 24, 2012 8:09 PM CST
>> Or maybe 'the fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach'??

That works for me!

It was the high point of a rather depressing book about seiges.

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