Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, known as a peppercorn, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. ... Black pepper is the world's most traded spice, and is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world.

Health benefits of pepper.

Black pepper and its active compound piperine have potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory studies suggest that black pepper will improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar control and brain and gut health. Taking into consideration these promising findings, this versatile flavor-enhancer is worth adding to your daily cooking routine, as it's bold flavor is a great addition to almost any dish.

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