25 California Pepper Tree seeds, Schinus molle, wild-crafted
AKA: Argentinian pepper, also known as American pepper, Peruvian pepper tree, escobilla, false pepper, molle del Peru, pepper tree, peppercorn tree, pirul and Peruvian mastic. Schinus molle is an evergreen tree that grows to 50 feet.
Although not related to commercial pepper (Piper nigrum), the pink berries are sold as pink peppercorns and often blended with commercial peppers. The fruit and leaves are, however, potentially poisonous to poultry and pigs.
Extracts of S. molle have been used as a flavor in drinks and syrups.
In traditional medicine, S. molle was used in treating a variety of wounds and infections due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It has also been used as an antidepressant and diuretic, and for toothache, rheumatism and menstrual disorders. Some recent studies in mice show possible support for its antidepressant effects. (not sure how they measure depression in rates, but OK.)
S. molle's insecticidal properties might make it a good candidate for use as an alternative to synthetic chemicals in pest control.
Fresh green leaves in bunches are used by shamans in Mesoamerican traditional ceremonies for cleansings and blessings, much like sage sticks.