King of spices
Black pepper is the whole dried spice. White pepper is treated in water; thus the mesocarp is removed. Both are used in powdered form or ground. In 372-287 B.C, Greek philosopher Theophrastus had mentioned. Pepper in his writing. Ancient Romans, Greek and some other tribes of Central Asia used pepper in their food and medicine. It was used in seasoning food and as a preservative in meat. It also used to overcome the odors of bad food, along with other spices. Pepper is originated from the Western Ghats of India, especially at Malabar Region. Nowadays it is grown in many tropical countries. In ancient times pepper was a prominent commodity in sea trade between the southern kingdoms of India and Rome, Greece and Arabian countries.