Black pepper is a native to India. It is one of the most common spices added to food. t has been used as a spice in food since prehistoric times. Black pepper was used to treat and cure constipation, diarrhea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver and lung disease, sunburn, and toothaches.It is recommened that people who have abdominal surgey not use black pepper. The world’s largest exporter of black pepper is Vietnam. Other producers are Indonesia, India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, and China.
Black pepper is grown in soil that is rich in organic matter. The berries of the pepper plant are called peppercorns. The pepper plant is a woody vine. It is a spreading vine that grows on trees and poles. Black pepper has changed the course of world history because of the trading and exporting, it has lead to the discovery of many sea routes. In Ancient times, it was considered to be a very expensive spice. It was a very valuable spice that was often used in place of money or currency. In the Middle Ages, black pepper was considered to be a luxury item. In history, pepprcorns were very highly prized and referred to as “black gold.”
Black pepper is spicy and can lose flavor in evaporation. Keeping black pepper in an airtight container will preserve the spiciness. Peppercorn is the most widely traded spice in the world. There is an International Pepper Exchange that is located in India.