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When and from where did black pepper come to India?

Updated : June 20, 2019 05:12 PM IST

A new study has thrown light on the route black pepper (Piper nigrum) took to reach India.
The second most widely traded spice in the world, black pepper is cultivated widely in India, Brazil, China, Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
To find their genetic and evolutionary links, scientists analysed pepper species from Western and Eastern Ghats, Northeast India and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
When and from where did black pepper come to India?

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