Black pepper

The spice that inspired Christopher Columbas in his quest to find India, Black pepper is the world's most traded spice today and one of the most common spices in European cuisine. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine. Black pepper is native to India and is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions. Currently, Vietnam is the world's largest producer and exporter of pepper. Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes (fruit that includes the nut or seed) of the pepper plant. The drupes are cooked briefly in hot water, both to clean t..

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