Black Pepper

Black PepperSanskrit name: Krishna, Vellaja, Maricha
Botanical name: Piper Nigrum




  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta

General information
Black pepper’s aromatic, slightly musty odor comes from the volatile oils found largely in the flesh and skin; Black Pepper’s pungent bite comes from the Alkaloids-piperine and Piperidine-and resins found mostly in the seeds. The oils go into perfumes and flavorings.


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