Black pepper (scientific name: Piper nigrum) is a hot, pungent spice with a lots of health benefits and infact it is used often in Ayurveda. It has an active component called piperine that gives black pepper its taste. It contains iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, vitamins A, C and other nutrients.
Black Pepper is usually added to dishes when the cooking is done to impart in them a unique spicy taste. However, apart from being used extensively in foods, it is loaded with many health benefits, have a look! :)