Pippali root, also known as long pepper, is a spice that is native to India and other parts of South Asia. It is a perennial climbing vine that produces small, dark red berries that are dried and ground into a powder to be used as a spice. Pippali root has a pungent, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter taste, and is often used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive aid and to treat respiratory conditions.
In cooking, pippali root is often used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines, and can be found in a variety of dishes including curries, spice blends, and marinades. It is also used to flavor beverages such as chai tea.
Botanical Name: piper longum
Also known as: long pepper, piper root, Bengal pepper