• Piper Longum Indian Long Pepper - Peppercorn seeds

    Piper longum 
    Indian Long Pepper 

    How would you like to grow the plant that produces the worlds oldest spice?  Small white flowers form along pendulous spikes that hang among arrow shaped forest green leaves.  Flowers give way to long hanging clusters of berries that turn from green, to orange to stunning red when ripe. It looks its best in a hanging basket or grown on a trellis. Peppercorns can be sun dried and ground as pepper. This pepper variety produces a smaller berry and hotter ground pepper than the traditional nigrum.

    Fun Facts:
    1. Black Pepper plants grow throughout Tropical regions all over the world
    2. They can grow up to 20 feet high in the jungle
    3. Pepper was once used as a means of monetary exchange, at one time worth more than gold by equal weight
    4. Pepper is the most widely traded spice in the world for the past 3000 years
    5. India is the largest producer
    6. Native of southern Brazil to northern Argentina
    7. The vine became popular in Hawaii when seeds migrated there in 1880
    8. The vine can grow 15 - 20 feet per year
    9. Fruit is dark purple and will bear in one to 3 years from seed
    10. Makes an excellent plant for collectors of plants for the home or greenhouse environment

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