<<< Peppers are new world plants -- as are *most* Solaneaceous plants.
Eggplant is native to Asia, but peppers (not /Piper nigrum/, aka Black
pepper), tomatoes and potatoes are all new world.
jerusha the botanist >>>
All capsicum peppers are New World, however, black pepper is not a capsicum pepper.
Black pepper, and white pepper which is black pepper with the skin removed, are from southern Asia.
In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section of the Florilegium:
peppers-msg (60K) 4/18/08 The introduction of peppers to Europe.
Like the peppers above, just because something is New World doesn't mean it didn't make it to some regions of Europe within our time period. Usually Spain and Italy. However also be aware that just because a few specimens made it back to Europe, it doesn't mean an item was commonly eaten there.
16C-Tomato-art (16K) 9/ 5/02 "Sixteenth Century Italian and Spanish Tomato References" by Johnnae llyn Lewis, Helewyse de Birkestad, and Brighid ni Chiarain.
potatoes-msg (142K) 5/15/08 Period white and sweet potato use. Recipes.
In the PLANTS, HERBS AND SPICES section:
spices-msg (176K) 1/20/08 Info. on spices, sources for spices.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org