Pepper will bring an extra tang to marinades, sauces, soups and salads. The peppercorns are made from the dried fruit from the flowering vine of the pepper plant. The peppercorns get their spice from the compound piperine whereas chili peppers get their spicy heat from capsaicin. Pepper is one of the oldest and most widely used spices on earth.
Black pepper is native to India but is now grown in many tropical areas of the world. Vietnam is now the top exporter of this essential spice. Pepper was once so expensive it was sometimes used as currency. The Dutch people have a saying referring to something being very expensive as "pepper expensive"!