It's been a medicine worth its weight in gold, it cures meats, it's one of the most popular and oldest spices in the world and nearly everybody eats it every day. As you put together your nightly dinner plans, you'll undoubtedly have black pepper on the ingredient list.
But you might be surprised to know how it gets to your pepper mill, or how it's cultivated.
CORRECTION: This article previously misstated the value of India's spice exports as $2.4 million; it is $2.4 billion.
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