Black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) (Family: Piperaceae) is a perennial vine grown for its berries
extensively used as spice and in medicine. Regarded as the “King of spices,” black pepper is
incredibly popular among spices since ancient times.
Peppercorn is native to the tropical evergreen rain forest of South Indian Kerala state, from where
it spread to rest of the world through Indian and Arab traders. Pepper fruit, also known as the
peppercorn, is actually a berry obtained from the pepper plant. CoCoSPICE black pepper is sourced
and processed under strict supervision and assures premium quality.
Species: Piper nigrum
Appearance: Peppercorns are the dried berries of a tropical perennial vine with aromatic, green
oval-shaped leaves and greenish-yellow spikes. The immature fruits are harvested once they turn red
and then sun-dried until they are devoid of moisture, giving it a slightly wrinkly spherical shape.
Typically used: Freshly ground
Origin: Black peppercorn has been cultivated for thousands of years in Southern Indian and Sri Lanka.
This particular variety comes from the Indian state of Kerala on the Malabar Coast.
Flavor: Complex, warm, citrusy, mildly dark, slightly bitter
Aroma: Woody and balanced with notes of citrus and berries
Culinary uses: Black pepper is so well-known globally, that it has been used in almost any dish you
can think of. It is most often used to enhance other flavors and add a mild spicy kick to any dish.
It actually acts a digestive aid and enhances the nutrient absorption of other foods it’s paired with.
It is used in everything from salads to beverages to soups, stews, roasted meat, desserts, and more.