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Black pepper, originating from southern India, is the most traded spice globally, with Vietnam being the top producer. It was once rare and used as currency.

Black pepper is the most traded spice in the world, with the United States being the major importer and consumer of the spice. It comes from the peppercorn fruit of the Piper nigrum vine. While the Piper nigrum plant is native to southern India, the top producer of black pepper is Vietnam, followed by India, Indonesia and Brazil. Black pepper is a component in a range of ethnic cuisines to add a pungent or spicy flavor. Its popularity can be attributed to the spice’s long history, dating back to 2000 BC; however, black pepper was once so rare, it was only used by the very wealthy and was even considered a form of currency in the Middle Ages.

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