People are familiar with Black pepper. They are picked when the berries are about to ripe. After picked, they will be getting sun-dried which darkens the outer layer. When kept in an air tight container, whole black peppercorn can last for a year. The pre-ground version, however, loses its best flavor within a few months. Apart from enhancing the flavor of the dish, the king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits. Regular intake of black pepper in the diet aids in weight loss, improves digestion, boosts metabolism, treat skin problems, asthma, treats sinus and nasal congestion. It also reduces the risk of cancer, and heart and liver ailments.