Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both, a spice and medicine. The chemical piperine, present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state of India. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely-traded spices in the world. It is
not a seasonal plant and is, therefore, available throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is
referred to as a peppercorn. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is used to preserve food. Black pepper
is also a very good anti-in ammatory agent.