Herb: Desert Pepperweed
Latin name: Lepidium fremontii
Edible parts of Desert Pepperweed:Young leaves - raw or cooked. A hot cress-like flavour. Seed - dried and ground into a powder which can be used as a mush or mixed with cereal flours to make bread. The seed can also be used as a flavouring. The seeds can be pounded, mixed with water and used as a beverage.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rocky or sandy places in scrub or woods below 1500 metres in California.
Propagation of Desert Pepperweed:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocky or sandy places in scrub or woods below 1500 metres in California.
Medicinal use of Desert Pepperweed:None known
Known hazards of Lepidium fremontii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.