Plant of the Month: Black Pepper

Black pepper stems produce multiple spikes of green peppercorns that can be used in many ways. (Courtesy Photo/West Hawaii Today)

The peppercorns from the black pepper plants can be dried as black, red or white. (Courtesy Photo/West Hawaii Today)

Years ago on a trip to Frankie’s Nursery on Oahu, I was charmed by their black pepper plants. I recently acquired one and am reviewing information on best practices to be able to harvest my own peppercorns.