From the green unripe ?drupes? of the pepper plant, which are sun-dried causing the skin to shrink and darken, comes this ?king of spices.? So called because pepper accounts for 1/3 of the volume and value of all spices traded. This somewhat hot pungent spice is truly omnipotent, going in everything that goes in a pot, pan or plate. Or glass. Yep, it?s even in Coca-Cola.