Black pepper is the most widely used spice in the world and known as “King of the Spices”. The crop is native to South Asia and historical records reveal that came from Sri Lanka to the world.
Before the 16th century, this spice was grown in many countries in Southeast Asia. Black peppercorns (dried) are, by monetary value, the most widely traded spice in the world and a much-prized trade good, often referred to as “black gold” and used as a form of commodity money. and this crop was one the earliest commodities traded between the Orient and Europe.
This is the second important commodity among spices and Sri Lankan black pepper has high intrinsic quality. In Sri Lanka, there is two type of commercial products, Black p, and White pepper.
The Sri Lankan black pepper has higher piperine content which gives it a superior quality and pungency. and it is offered in different grades such as 500GL, 550 GL, 600 GL etc. for grinding and extraction of essential oils and oleoresins. In Sri Lanka, black pepper is mainly cultivated in Low and Mid country Wet and Intermediate zones mostly as mixed crops.
White pepper is produced by removing outer pericarp. this spice is mainly used as a flavoring agent in food industry. It also has industrial uses in perfumery and pharmaceutical industries.
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