Black pepper is the dried, mature fruit of Piper nigrum, a climbing, perennial shrub native to Southern India’s hot, humid climate. Pepper is extensively used in canning, pickling, and baking because of its preservation properties. It is an essential component of universally used culinary seasoning and a key ingredient of commercial food products. Pepper is also a common element in spice blends. Pepper oil, oleoresin, micro encapsulated pepper, green pepper in brine, dehydrated green pepper, frozen pepper, and other goods are also available for use in a wide range of foods. Black pepper is an essential component of certain natural and ayurvedic medicine. Pepper’s main functional qualities include analgesic, antipyretic, and antioxidant properties.
Forms: Whole, powder, oil.