White pepper is derived from the same plant as black pepper (Piper nigrum). It is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is believed to have originated in the tropical regions of southwestern India, particularly in the state of Kerala. Ours is sourced from India.
Historically, black pepper was one of the most sought-after spices and played a crucial role in shaping ancient trade routes and commerce between the East and the West. It was traded along the famous "Spice Route," which connected the Indian subcontinent with the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of Asia.
White pepper is derived from the same berries as black pepper, but the processing method is what sets them apart. Black pepper is made by harvesting the unripe green berries of the pepper plant and drying them until they turn black. White pepper, on the other hand, is made by allowing the ripe berries to fully mature on the vine. Once they are fully mature, the outer black skin is removed, revealing the white seed inside, which is then dried.
White pepper has a milder and more delicate aroma compared to black pepper, with fewer spicy and pungent notes.
White pepper is occasionally used to add a subtle and intriguing spiciness to fragrance compositions. Its aroma can provide a warm and slightly peppery nuance that adds depth and complexity to certain fragrances. It is a Top note found in our Spicy family. Perfumers may use white pepper sparingly to create specific olfactory effects or to add a subtle hint of spice to a fragrance.
In Indian culture, white pepper, like black pepper, holds significant cultural importance and has been used for centuries in various aspects of daily life, including culinary traditions, Ayurvedic medicine, and religious practices.
White pepper is commonly used in Indian cuisine to add flavor and spiciness to a wide variety of dishes. It is a key ingredient in many spice blends and masalas used in cooking traditional Indian curries, stews, and rice dishes. White pepper's distinct flavor complements the rich and diverse flavors of Indian cuisine.
In Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India, white pepper is valued for its medicinal properties. It is believed to have warming and digestive properties and is used in herbal remedies to treat various health conditions, including digestive issues, respiratory problems, and joint pain.
In some Hindu religious rituals and ceremonies, white pepper is used as an offering to deities and as a part of certain auspicious rituals. It is considered to have purifying properties and is offered along with other items during prayers and pujas.
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Please note this product format is a small vial that contains roughly 20 drops of scent concentrate. This can be purchased à la carte but is intended to be used with our Perfume Kit.
Latin Name: Piper Nigrum
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Country of Origin: India
We are a natural perfumer; all of the scents in our library are derived from plants.
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