Also known as tasmanian pepper, mountain pepper-berry packs a punch whatever way you look at it. A superfood both in terms of its flavor and its nutrient content, this is an ingredient to take seriously - whether you are using the berries themselves or the equally useful mountain pepper-leaf, which has even higher levels of some nutrients.
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, pepper-berry has been used by many traditional medical practitioners for problems such as arthritis. This activity is thought to be due to the compound "polygodial", which is also thought to have several other beneficial properties including protecting the stomach lining and anti-pain activity as well as being anti-asthmatic.
Other compounds in mountain pepper-berry and leaf are thought to help slow absorption of glucose from the stomach (potentially beneficial for people prone to diabetes) and possibly to help prevent the types of mutation of genetic material that can lead to cancer.
These health-giving properties are, of course in addition to the culinary benefits of peppery fruits and leaves, and mountain pepper berry doesn't disappoint in this department either, being, if anything, even more fiery than its Indian counterpart.
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