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  • Peruvian Pepper


    Peruvian pepper (Schinus molle) is a native of the Andes, that grows up to 50 feet.  It has several names, one of them is Califonia pepper, growing well in our climate.  Evergreen, with fruits that are present all year round. The fruits grow from green to red or purplish, many birds can find ripe ones all the time.  Uses are varied:  even though not a true pepper, it has some culinary uses, as well as said to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, used from diuretic to antidepressant by ancient cultures, as dyes for textiles,  as an embalming aid and even as  insecticide.