Thai Long Pepper
A Tangy Spice known as Dee Plee
Dee Plee Plant
A Spice used by the Hmong Tribe
Thai Long Pepper is a tangy spice source known locally to many of the inhabitants of northern Thailand as Dee Plee, though its origins actually appeared in Europe a few hundred years ago. However, that was only until westerners discovered what is customarily known today as the chilli pepper.
With this finding, the popularity of the Asian variety eventually faded into a distant direction. This particular pepper is often used by the Hmong Hill Tribe people as an additive to their cooking.
The official name of this peppery spice is called Piper Chaba
and when dried has a similar appearance to that of black pepper. It
must however not be confused with the type of pepper used in western
cuisine. This one has a rich, fragrant aroma and a strong pungent taste
that tends to linger for a long time in the mouth. These peppers are now rarely used outside South East Asia.
Getting Piper Chaba through Customs
If you are the kind of person who enjoys the tang of spicy chilli
combined with a peppery taste, then you'll probably love this one.
However, because the pepper is found mostly in Asia, it's unlikely you'll
find it at any of the local supermarkets in your neighbourhood or for
that matter, other parts of the world.
So before you stock up with this
delightful delicacy in the northern part of Thailand, you may need to
make doubly sure that you would be allowed to get it through customs.
observing how strict procedures are imposed on Australian immigration,
you would have a hard time getting this food source through customs.
Best to check with your embassy if you are allowed to enter the country
with the product.
Where to find Thai Long Pepper
Because Thai Long Pepper is an extremely rare commodity commonly
associated with Asian cuisine, it can still be purchased at many Indian Markets
as well as some grocery stores. It's also used in Indonesian (such as
in Bali) and Malaysian cooking and further afield, can be
found in North African spice mixtures.
This particular pepper
appears to thrive on a vine, but in reality it grows on trees in
Thailand. You can consume the spice either fresh or in dried form. The
pepper first appears green in colour, then quickly turns bright orange
before being dried.
Thai Long Pepper Health Benefits
Apart from the fact that Piper Chaba, Dee Plee or Thai long pepper
gives you a prolonged taste sensation it will also ultimately provide
you with a wide range of medicinal health benefits too.
The spice is
known to be a wonderful remedy for the relief of sore throats. In
addition, will also help promote and improve appetite.
remedies include the peppers ability to reduce flatulence. It helps
stimulate digestion and assists in the reduction of any symptoms
associated with diarrhea and stomach ache.
It is believed to be a great
stabilizer for motion sickness and once absorbed will also allow you to
have a better nights sleep should you suffer from the causes that
For this you boil fresh pepper in water
with lemon juice and a dash of sea salt for about fifteen
minutes. Drink a small glass of the mixture three times a day after each
Dried Dee Plee
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