Pepper has a sharp, hot and biting taste. It's a warming spice. It is one of the oldest and important spices in the world. Pepper is extensively used in the wintry cusine of North India, to impart warmth and pungency to veg. dishes. In the South, it is used as a flavouring spice in non-veg preparations. Pepper incidentally is an important spice in the Indian four-spice classic 'Garam Masala'. Pepper corns boiled in water along with basil leaves, are said to relieve chest congestions and asthematic condition.