[Sca-cooks] How long does pepper retain its potency?

Robin Carroll-Mann rcarrollmann at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 15:06:19 PDT 2011

This is for a silly bit of fiction, so no urgency. . .

Would a well-sealed cask of black peppercorns retain any potency after
5 or 6 centuries?  Would it still have an odor?  Make people sneeze?
Or would it just be a pile of funny-shaped pebbles?

It would be nice if it was still sneeze-worthy, but if not, I can
write around that.

Brighid ni Chiarain

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