Believe it or not…

…this is a gold mine!

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Okay, so it’s actually a pepper mill. But back in the Middle Ages, black pepper was used as currency. Imagine paying your bills with peppercorns! Wouldn’t work today – we can’t even use pennies in Canada anymore.

Pepper was so valued in the 15th century that explorers sailed from Europe to India, all the way around the African continent (no Suez Canal back then) in a race to gain control of the pepper trade. No wonder it was once called ‘Black Gold’!

If you are conscious of sodium in your diet, put away the salt shaker and try some freshly ground black pepper. It adds a spicy taste and is said to help digestion.

Find out more about pepper in my new book, 10 Plants That Shook the World (Annick Press)

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