Well, if ginger was about our previous post, pepper is nowhere to be missed and sure one to follow after!

Essentially a dried fruit, pepper is a key part of the history of spice trading. Black pepper is made from fermented and dried green pepper berries while white pepper is made from soaked and skinned dried red berries. This favorite spice is produced primarily in Vietnam, Malaysia, Brazil, India and Indonesia.

This spice is added to nearly every dish without even thinking about it. It has a fruity fragrance with a hot, pungent flavor. It can lose its flavor rapidly after grinding so it should be stored as whole peppercorns and ground as needed.

Some of the health benefits of pepper include a boost in metabolism as well as being used to treat wounds.

It is delicious in nearly any dish that requires seasoning and can be used with some fruit and in some baking.

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