The black pepper plant is a trailing, woody vine that is native to South India and is a member of the Piperaceae family. After a few years, the plant bears tiny white blossoms that become berries known as peppercorns. The berries of black pepper are picked before full maturity and turn dark when dried.



Health Benefits


  • 30 grams of this spice contains 79 percent of the daily recommended value of manganese which is a cofactor with the antioxidant superoxide dismutase that helps eradicate harmful free radicals that cause cellular damage. (1)


  • Contains vitamin K which is a great nutrient to prevent cancer and increase bone strength to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. (2)


  • A good source of iron which helps to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the body and prevents the onset of anaemia. (3)


  • Has generous levels of fibre that helps reduce blood pressure levels and contributes to weight loss. (4)


  • Provides potassium for controlling the heart rate and lowering blood pressure. (5)


  • Calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth. (6)


  • Provides zinc which promotes the central nervous, immune, skeletal and reproductive system. (7)


  • Black pepper helps to keep blood vessels pliable and is an anti-inflammatory. (8)


  • A carminative which means that it discourages intestinal gas from forming. (9)


  • The outer layer of the peppercorn aids in the break-down of fat cells, by warming the body which promotes sweating, and thus helps rid the body of toxins. (10)


Black Pepper Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 255
Calories from Fat 27
Total Fat 3 g 5%
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 44 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 65 g 22%
Dietary Fibre 27 g 106%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 11 g
Vitamin A6% Vitamin C 35%
Calcium44% Iron 160%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.






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