A pinch of black pepper added to any recipe works more than just a flavor enhancer. The king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits while providing an excellent depth of flavor to a dish. The use of black pepper in your diet helps to promote weight loss, aid in digestion, relieve cough and cold, increase metabolism and treat skin problems.
Black pepper is the fruit of the 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.