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Organic Black Pepper (Whole & Powder)

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is the fruit of the flowering black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both a spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, which is 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 considered a seasonal plant and is therefore available throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn, and is then ground into a powder to be put on food to add flavor and spice.

Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is also used to preserve food. It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.


  • Anti-inflammatory agent; antioxidant
  • Antibacterial properties; also used to preserve food
  • Rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber
  • Used as a medicinal spice in Ayurveda; may relieve symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, the common cold, indigestion, and muscular strain/inflammation