Hailed as the king of spices, Pepper, the most consumed spice in the world, is taken from the berries of the plant Piper nigrum.
Ceylon Pepper is particularly favoured worldwide as it is quite rich in piperine, the alkaloid which lends it a distinct pungency. As a result, Ceylon Pepper from Sri Lanka fetches a premium price in the international spice market. Black pepper is widely used as a ‘hot’ cooking spice and seasoning. The taste of Sri Lankan black pepper is richly aromatic, eith floral and citrus notes, while retaining a strong pungency. Extracts of black pepper – Piperine, oleoresin and essential oil- are also extracted from the whole drupes, and have applications as both spice and flavouring agent in the food industry, and also major industrial applications in the perfumery and the pharmaceutical industry.