Chemical Composition of Black Pepper

Piperine is a compound in the black pepper fruit that gives its hot spicy zest. Other flavor-giving compounds in black pepper are “hydrocarbon monoterpenes” such as:

  • Sabinene
  • Pinene
  • Terpinene
  • Limonene
  • Myrcene

Besides giving taste, these volatile oils actively donate the health benefits of black pepper if consumed.