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.

After 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.

Other remedies include the peppers ability to reduce flatulence. It helps stimulate digestion and assists in the reduction of any symptoms associated with diarrhoea and stomach ache.

It is believed to be a great stabiliser for motion sickness and once absorbed will also allow you to have a better nights sleep should you suffer from the causes that accompany insomnia.

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 meal.


Dried Dee Plee

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Thai Basil is also known as Oriental Basil or Asian Basil in Thailand and is a close cousin of the sweet basil variation that's frequently used in Thai cuisine.

Cilantro is an edible herb known as Pak Chee in Thailand but in other countries, it's known as coriander. It is also sometimes known as Chinese Parsley.

Lemongrass is a wonderfully aromatic herb with a distinct lemony flavour but more than that, it also provides a whole host of herbal and therapeutic benefits.

Galangal is popularly known as Krachai in Thailand and is considered to be more of a spice than a herb. It has a strong and sharp peppery flavour.

Tamarind is available in a variety of forms. It's available as fresh, compressed blocks and dried slices, all of which have been around for quite some time.

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