black pepper


Definition of black pepper 

: a spice that consists of the dried berry of an Indian vine ground with the black husk still on also : the plant (Piper nigrum) that yields black pepper

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Add a bold seasoning Most of the Steak Master Series finalists suggested a simple seasoning combination: salt, freshly cracked black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. 3. Lauren Delgado,, "Grilling tips from Longhorn Steakhouse," 29 June 2018 Season the outsides with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, and coat the skin sides with a little bit of olive oil. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "These Crispy Chicken Thighs Are the Only Way to Start the Year," 19 Jan. 2018 Some great adds: Ginger, turmeric, black pepper, oregano, and jalapenos. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 12 Feb. 2018 After removing the foam two or three times, add one of the bay leaves, the 1/2 onion, the whole garlic clove, half the parsley, the oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Chris Ross,, "Cuban shredded beef has origins in Spain," 25 June 2018 Scrub potatoes well; cut into wedges or sticks and toss in a large bowl with both types of paprika, semolina flour, garlic, and season generously with salt and a bit of black pepper. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how to turn regular potatoes into something splendid," 19 Apr. 2018 With the exception of black pepper, McCormick hasn't packaged spices and herbs in rectangular tins for 25 years as well. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "If Your Spices Were Made Here, They’re Over 25 Years Old," 23 Mar. 2018 Cover shrimp with a thin but complete layer of black pepper. Ann Maloney,, "3 seafood dishes for Lent from Tom Fitzmorris' reissued 'New Orleans Food'," 20 Feb. 2018 Whisk a half dozen eggs, and then add a quarter cup of unsweetened almond milk, a half tablespoon of Dijon, a half teaspoon each of minced garlic and Italian seasoning, and an eighth teaspoon each of black pepper and sea salt., "What to Eat for Dinner If You're Trying to Lose Weight, According to a Nutritionist," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of black pepper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of black pepper

: a food seasoning that is made by grinding the dried berries of an Indian plant along with their hard, black covers

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Medical Definition of black pepper 

: a condiment that consists of the fruit of an Indian plant of the genus Piper (P. nigrum) ground with the black husk still on

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