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You can easily grow your own pepper with black mustard plants. Black mustard is an annual and prefers rich soil. Plant the seeds in the spring. After the yellow flowers disappear, reddish brown seeds appear. When these ripen and the whole plant dries, cut down the tops and beat the branches against the inside of a bowl. The seeds will fall out. Toss the bowl up and down a few times, catching the seeds. The seeds will go to the bottom and the chaff, being lighter, will come to the top. Then, you can pour the seeds into your favorite pepper mill.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|