Salt and pepper

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A pair of pepper and salt pots

Salt and pepper is the common name for edible salt and black pepper, a traditionally paired set of condiments found on dining tables where European-style food is eaten. The pairing of salt and pepper as table condiments dates to seventeenth-century French cuisine, which considered pepper the only spice (as distinct from herbs such as fines herbes) which did not overpower the true taste of food.[1] They are typically found in a set of salt and pepper shakers, often a matched set; however, salt and pepper are typically maintained in separate shakers.

Generally in the United Kingdom the condiments used are edible salt and white pepper.


  1. ^ "When did salt and pepper become a pair?", Max Shrem, Archived August 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.