Pepper, popularly known as the "King of spices" and it accounts for ….occupies largest percentage in the international spice trade. It is most widely used spice all over the world. Black pepper of commerce is the mature dried berries of the woody perennial evergreen climbing vine, Piper nigrum. Pepper is cultivated over an area of 32,800 ha of Sri Lanka and Matale, Kandy, Kegalle, Kurunegala and Nuwara Eliya are accounted as major districts of cultivation.
Sri Lankan black pepper has higher piperine content which conduces to fetch a premium price in international spice trade.
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