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Long Pepper (Piper longum and Piper refractum) is a part of Ayurvedic medicine. The dried, immature fruit-spikes and the root are used for acute and chronic broncitis, fever, and cough. The leaves are often found in foods. Long pepper comes from two species of plants related to the peppercorn. One grows wild in the foothills of the Himalayas and in southern India, while the other is the Javanese long pepper found throughout Malaysia. Piper longum is now considered to be more pungent and the better of the two. In ancient times, it was preferred to pepper because of its milder taste, it is both sweet and hot, but now has been commercially supplanted by pepper all over the world.
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