What you need to know:
Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit which is usually dried and used as a spice or seasoning. It is a staple in most cuisines. The most common other varieties are green pepper and white pepper.
This dinner table regular is available year round and can be added to virtually any recipe.
What to look for:
Dense hard black pieces.
How to store it:
Whole peppercorns will keep indefinitely when stored in a tightly sealed container in a dry, dark and cool place.
Why you should try it:
Aside from its flavor enhancing qualities, black pepper is also a known digestive aid and is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin K, copper and dietary fiber. To get the most nutritional benefit from this super spice, select whole peppercorns and grind them as needed.