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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Western Pepper Grass

Western (desert) Pepper Grass Growing In Mesquite Bush

Western (desert) Pepper Grass
The dried seed pods can be ground and make a good substitute for black pepper.

The seeds were a staple in the Ancestral Puebloans’ diet. The greens were also eaten and are rich in Vitamin A. The seeds were chewed as a relief for headaches. Other plant parts were used to cure dizziness and gastro-intestinal disorders. It has also been used as a disinfectant.

Lepidium fremontii (desert pepperweed) is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family which is native to the southwestern United States, where it grows on sandy desert flats and the rocky slopes of nearby hills and mountains.

The seed pods, leaves and flower petals are used to flavor soups, salads and meats. Pepper Grass has more of a horse radish taste and odor with a slight spicy hot kick like black pepper. A lot goes a long ways, so don't over do it.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


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