There's a reason why black pepper can be found in most kitchens. Since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, this hearty spice has maintained popularity, and frankly, there isn't much room for improvement. Our role is to pluck the best fruit, dry it well, and let these powerfully pungent and zesty little pellets do their intended work. You can grind these atop your favorite dishes or throw them whole into a marinade to bring some verve to your food. Try pickling veggies using peppercorns and adding them to cooking liquids.