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Spices surge in demand

Black pepper sees bump in demand

Various culinary spices at the Mumbai market have seen their prices spike due to strong demand from stockists, traders and overseas exports.

According to the Press Trust of India, black pepper climbed by INR14 (£0.19) per kilo to INR305, from the previous price of INR291.

Bleached and unbleached ginger came in at INR175 and INR205 per kilo respectively.

Black peppercorns were recently praised as a potential aid in weight loss by Dr Tanupol Virunhagarun, a senior physician at Bumrungrad Hospital.

He said: "Many herbs and spices - especially the hottest, spiciest ones - are known to enhance the body's metabolism processes and help promote fat loss.

"Most of these herbs and spices are inexpensive and easy to find."

However, with the increased cost of spices chefs would be wise to take recent advice from Joan Cook, writing for the Reading Eagle, who advised that spices and herbs be stored in the dark to preserve their freshness.

Related products: Black Peppercorns, Ground Ginger

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