Black pepper comes from the pepper plant. Pepper plants produce peppercorns, which are ground up into the black pepper typically used in recipes and as a table spice.
The pepper plant is a vine-type plant that can grow up to 33 feet long. This woody vine typically grows in warm and humid tropical climates. At 3 to 4 years old, the plant begins to produce small clustered flowers, which then produce peppercorn berries. These peppercorns can be ground to make black pepper, a spice that is added to many dishes from around the world. Peppercorns can be ground and stored, or they can be ground just before being added to a dish.