Black pepper is the most common and potent flavoring of the peppercorn family.
It was used by Egyptians in mummification as evidenced by the discovery of black pepper in the nostrils and abdomen of Ramses II. Indian monks ate several black peppercorns a day to give them endurance during their arduous travels. In ancient times pepper was as valuable as gold or silver. Black Pepper essential oil comes from Madagascar. This spice has been commonly used across the world while the essential oil is less known. Its distinctive, peppery flavor makes it a common addition to many recipes, from appetizers to entrees. When using the essential oil of black pepper please remember it is more potent than sprinkling pepper at the table.