I love to grind my own pepper from peppercorns. These I bought at the Indian market but I didnt notice that the expiration date was November. Darn. Black pepper or Piper Nigrum, comes from a flowering vine cultivated for its fruit. The dried fruit is called a peppercorn. Black peppers are native to India.
I am always searching for a good pepper grinder. This one I got at a thrift store and I know why someone donated it. It doesn't work very well. In fact, the majority of pepper grinders I've tried don't work well. Maybe the peppers get jammed in the blade or the blade gets too dull.
Finally I ordered a battery run grinder on Amazon. It works fairly well for large grains of pepper but not so well for smaller grains. It turned out to be silver plastic, not stainless steel. I was disappointed in it at first, although it is better than most of the others I have tried. I will hold off final judgement until I have used it for awhile, but meantime my search for the perfect pepper grinder continues.
My own daily grind continues. Sometimes I think I am driving myself mad. I go round and round in circles just like the grinder. It is hard to see any tiny forward moving steps. But I have learned something important about myself in the past week. I am not sure yet how to overcome the obstacle I learned about but maybe if I eat enough pepper I will leap. The figurative meaning of pepper is spirit and energy as in pep.