Another spice native to Ceylon, where it was an integral part of the national cuisine long before the introduction of chilies from the New World, black pepper is made from the unripe berries of the pepper vine. It is probably the world’s most versatile and popular spice. Sri Lankan black pepper is especially high in piperine, pepper’s active ingredient, making it unusually flavorful and pungent.
Just a pinch of black pepper when added to any food preparation can enhance its flavor. It is a spice that is known to offer many health benefits. It helps to promote weight loss and even aids in digestion.