Pepper harvesting commences immediately after coffee harvesting (carried on each year during the month of Feb-Mar), and continues until mid-April. The harvesters use a natural bamboo ladder to pluck pepper.
The pepper vine is taken during monsoons to be planted in a plantation close to a tree, and grows along the tree. The first yield is obtained after 5 years. The person harvesting pepper separates the green pepper catkins from the creeper. The pepper vine gives rise to four different types of pepper: green pepper (which turns black on drying), red pepper, white pepper, and black pepper.
Pepper is then de corned. The pepper seeds are removed from the catkins. Pepper is then dried on the terracotta tiled ground. It is dried for around 8 days. Following this, the pepper is packed and then sold in the market. Buyers are approached for the purchase of pepper.
Pepper is also known as the black gold of the world. It is also called the king of spices, cardamom being the queen of spices 🙂
Any ‘peppery’ tales from your end? 🙂
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