Every dish needs some some salt and pepper so today we feature a bunch of pepper corns and salt crystals ready to be ground up and sprinkled on your next delicious meal. Culinary use of pepper plants is attested perhaps as early as 9,000 years ago. In classical antiquity, there was a vigorous trade of spices including Black Pepper from South Asia to Europe already. In the late Roman Empire, Black Pepper was probably still expensive, but nevertheless seems to have been available readily enough to be used more frequently than salt or sugar. In the Early Middle Ages, trade routes deteriorated and the use of pepper declined somewhat. During the Modern era wars were fought by European powers about control of the supply of spices, perhaps the most archetypal being Black Pepper fruit. Today, Black Pepper corns are one of the most widely used spices of plant origin worldwide.