Black pepper grows in India and othertropical Asian countries. Black pepper is one of the most commonly used spicesin the world. Black pepper and white pepper both come from the same plantspecies, but they are prepared differently. Black pepper is made by cooking thedried unripe fruit. White pepper is made by cooking and drying the ripeseeds. People take black pepper by mouth for arthritis, asthma, upset stomach, and many other conditions, but there is no goodscientific evidence to support these uses. People inhale black pepper oil to prevent falls, to help quit smoking and reduce cravings, and for many other conditions,but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses in foods, black pepper and black pepper oil are used as a spice.