Black pepper is from the still green unripe plants of the pepper plant. It is mostly used as an ingredient in seasoning and spice.It is also consists of medicinal qualities.It is the world’s most traded spice.It contains piperine which gives the spicy taste.
Pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, there by facilitating digestion. Proper digestion is essential to avoid diarrhea, constipation and colic. Black pepper has long been recognized as a carminitive, a property likely due to its beneficial effect of stimulating hydrochloric acid production.
Black pepper has demonstrated impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effects. The health benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, constipation, indigestion, anemia,impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and heart disease.
For 100g of spice
· Carbohydrates 21%
· Potassium 37%
· Dietary Fibre 100%
· Protein 10%
We are aware about how Vascodagama conquered parts of south India for black pepper. Pepper corns were a much-prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money.