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Who can guess what this is?!

Who can tell me what is this in the photo? My only hint is that it is edible, and I bought it in a shop in Waterford, an hour south of here. It was the first time I’d ever seen it, and I’ve really been enjoying it. No more info! Tell me what you reckon it is, and I’ll respond in a couple of days πŸ™‚

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  1. Yep, here’s the truth. This is Long pepper or pippali (Piper longum). Related to the more familiar black pepper, but with a much more complex flavour, a little suggestive of allspice. It grows in India. I found it in a great little shop called Spice World in Waterford.
    Long pepper is mentioned in the ancient Indian Ayurvedas, and was known in Greece as long as 2500 years ago. It was once relatively commonly used in Europe, but in recent centuries has been completely replaced by ‘regular’ pepper.
    I have ground it up and used it in several recipes, including my home-made hummus which I eat every morning. If you ever see it, grab some!

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  2. It would be cheating if I said something.. I’ve seen this picture before. Loved it, and had no idea about it until you enlightened us.
    “Related to the more familiar black pepper, but with a much more complex flavour, a little suggestive of allspice.” ring a bell. πŸ˜‰

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