Start at the beginning: the pepper plant, cultivated from India to Indonesia to Madagascar, into prolonged pepper vines covered around trees, latticework, and homes surrounding. The fruit of these climbing vines ripens to a radiant, pungent red; from there, they are dried to either jet-black peppercorns or the mystifying white pepper. If you know anything about cooking, you’ve probably heard about the different varieties of pepper. There’s black and white pepper, both of which have unique tastes and uses.

But how do they differ? And which one is suitable for your kitchen? Let’s break it down!

Black vs. White Pepper

Black and white peppercorns are fruit berries from the plant piper nigrum. The main difference between the two is the procedure of processing.


According to Dr. Nosheen Abbas, an Islamabad-based renowned Nutritionist, ”both black and white pepper arrive from the same origin, the pepper plant. The main difference is in the manner of processing. While black pepper has an outer coating, this layer (coating) is removed in the case of white pepper. Regardless, they are used in distinct cookeries due to the difference in their sizzling hotness. White pepper is hotter in taste than black pepper and is generally used in French cooking. At the same time, black pepper is an essential staple ingredient in the American kitchen.”

Let’s see what the other differences between black pepper and white pepper are:


Turmeric is famous for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and white pepper aids in activating turmeric’s effects and promoting good digestion only. Combined, they make milk more digestible; turmeric milk causes the turmeric and white pepper to dry less. In contrast, the black pepper and turmeric duo is considered the most powerful combination ever and is very beneficial in supplementing turmeric curcumin. Because ‘piperine’ in black pepper and ‘curcumin’ in turmeric benefit people with multiple health problems such as arthritis, pain, inflammation, brain issues, heart problems, and so on.


Black pepper nutrition contains more amounts of Manganese, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B3. In contrast, White pepper is a rich source of Iron, and Vitamin C. Black pepper holds 18 times more Potassium vs. White pepper.

Vitamin Comparison

The vitamin comparison score depends on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer in vitamins. The “coverage” chart below displays how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.