No other spice is used so often to flavor so many dishes as black pepper. In culinary use since the time of the pharoahs, black pepper has maintained its popularity throughout history. Does it really need any further explanation? We think not.
Along with salt, pepper is one of the oldest -- and most used -- spices in the world. Native to the eastern coast of southern India, tellicherry peppercorns were a much prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money. Black pepper was so valuable, it inspired Portugal's efforts to find a sea route to "the Orient" during the Age of Discovery, and consequently to the Portuguese colonial occupation of Asia, as well as the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
Black pepper is spicier than white pepper. Black Pepper gives off a warm and spicy flavor, and can be used to season almost any dish, cold or hot.