A pinch of black pepper is added to almost every type of recipe imaginable. Once used as currency and presented to the gods as a sacred offering, it is fortunate that this most popular of spices is available throughout the year. Black pepper comes from the pepper plant, a smooth woody vine that can grow up to 33 feet in hot and humid tropical climates. They begin to bear small white clustered flowers after 3 to 4 years and develop into berries known as peppercorns. Ground peppercorns produce the spice that we call pepper.
Peppercorns are deemed the king of spices due to their high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compound. Black Pepper corns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Peppercorns are high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, can improve brain function, lower blood cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar and boost gut health.