Pepper is the flowering vine plant whose fruit is usually dried and used as spices and seasoning. It's one of the most common spices added in many cuisines around the South Estisia.
It took about 2-3 full years to be ready for harvesting, with typical lifespan of 12-20 years per vine.
The taste of this spice led to trade routes established from there, making it accessible to the rest of the region. Nowaday it can be found commonly in plantations across midland civilizations, with plenty of varieties.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Almost every part of a plant can be used as medicine, which can cure several illness like constipation, insomnia, and epilepsy. However, the most common uses is seasoning, from enhancing the flavour to food preservation.
It can be used in fresh or dried peppercorns in the cooking process, giving the spiciness and strong scent that make your tongue tingle and wanting to eat more.
Even the meal is finished, the grounded pepper in a small bowl are usually served alongside them, to be sprinkled by hand.
Sometimes, the same thing that make you satisfied, make you suffer.
Peppers have been used in specific punishment that widely used in Durin, Krin andculture. By crushing fresh peppercorns of the spiciest and put it into their eyes, mouth, or possibly fresh wounds, it do not kill but causes them to cry in agony.
This method is very useful for interrogating captured spies in order to reveal their secret.
The Exotic, Common Taste
For midlanders, it can simply be found in the market. For the southerners however, it cost as much as gold.
Since the geographic difference making the pepper unable to grow in such region, it become one of the main exports of the Valonia Empire to their friendly alliance, Irgia Republic, with refined irons as the exchange.
Both resources have strategic value to each other, as to be seen in the immediate response of Irgian's iron cut due to the scandal in 25 VE. The empire as well cut off the spice trade route, causing the conflict to cool down.
Despite slow growth rate, it had been bred into various type for different purpose. Some are less spicy with stronger scent. Some are as hot as chili pepper—or even worse.
One of them is Pepperfruit. While ordinary plant are small and have multiple drupes, the pepperfruit has only a single drupe. With the size of a peach it may not be considered as peppercorn anymore. Using the simillar drying technique, it can produce powder as much as 20 pepper spikes.
Sometime people can get confuse by the ripe fruit's dark red color, thinking it's an ordinary fruit. This result in a painful tongue embedded into their long-term memory.