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An easy way to test the purity of black pepper

Black pepper is a popular spice used in several Indian dishes, giving it the kick and spunk we all desire. Black pepper has been constantly used for both its flavour and as a traditional medicine. It is omnipresent in today’s world as a spice and in seasoning and is often paired with salt.

Black pepper has also been a victim of adulteration. The most common adulterant in black peppercorn is papaya seeds and black berries. To find out if your batch of peppercorns are pure or not, here are few tests.

How to spot papaya seeds in black pepper?

TEST - 1

Take a glass of water and add a tablespoon of black pepper. Pure black pepper settles at the bottom, while the adulterant, usually papaya seeds, float on the surface.

TEST - 2

Spread the peppercorns on a sheet of white paper.

Black pepper is black/brown in colour and round in shape. It has a wrinkled texture and a strong taste.

The papaya seeds have an oval shape shrunken surface. They look greenish brown or blackish brown in colour.

How to spot black berries in black pepper?

How to spot black berries in black pepper?

Press the berries with your fingertip.

Light berries will break easily. Peppercorns will not break.

So the next time you’ll purchase black pepper, you’ll be sure it’s pure!

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