Pippali - Long Pepper Piper longum
Also known as ‘long pepper’, pippali is an aromatic small climber that thrives in the shade and humidity of the forests of India.
The catkin-like fruits are used in Ayurvedic living a bit like black pepper, to warm and invigorate.
With each low-growing plant producing just a few fruits at a time they are a real labour of love to collect. But it's worth it as they fetch a high price and deliver a pungency so hot that they would warm the coldest of colds.