10 Graines Poivre des moines, Vitex agnus-castus
Monks pepper, Vitex Agnus-Castus |
The pepper of the monks is the name given to the dried fruit of Gattilier (Vitex Agnus-Castus), mauve or white flower shrub originating in the Mediterranean regions. The pepper of the monks is also called " Agnus-Castus ", " Wild pepper " or " Small pepper ". The fruits that grow in cluster, are left to dry on the branch, then harvested in winter.
Its name would come from the fact that it would have been used in the Middle Ages to flavor the monks soup in monasteries for its anaphrodisiac proper ties1.
Sweet than the black pepper, it also has a more bitter taste.
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Blue-Violetian flowers shrub, spice and medicinal plant with various recognized qualities
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