Sichuan Pepper Plants (Green)
SPIC-SICHG-1-5Regular price $35.00
Green Sichuan Pepper Plants are a great ornamental bush that help give Chinese Five Spice its powerful punch. Their little berries have a signature lemony, tongue-tingling quality that is quintessential to Sichuan cuisine. It's not always easy to find fresh Sichuan peppers in our shops, so if you are a Sichuan cuisine lover, why not grow one of these plants instead?
Urban Bounty's Sichuan Pepper plants are currently around 1 year old, and around 35 - 40 cm tall. They come in a 2.5 litre pot.
What is Green Sichuan Pepper (Szechuan Pepper, Quing Hua Jiao)
Green Sichuan Pepper plants (Zanthoxylum Alatum) are an evergreen, thorny bush related to citrus. The brilliant green seed pods/berries are often used in Sichuan cuisine, giving off a unique zesty aroma. Sichuan plants don't flower or produce fruit until they are at least three years old and will provide more fruit if there are two in a garden. The clusters of brilliant green berries begin to appear after flowering in spring, ready for harvest in summer.
Without intervention, Sichuan pepper plants reach anywhere between 3-4 metres high. If you have a small garden, you can keep them tamed by growing them in a large pot, and pruning heavily after fruiting. Fertilise in spring.
Culinary Uses for Green Sichuan Pepper (Szechuan Pepper, Quing Hua Jiao)
Green Sichuan pepper berries can be used whole, or the husks can be toasted and ground into a spice powder (sifting required). They add a mouth numbing, lemony depth to cooking that goes well with fish, chicken and vegetables. (There flavour is quite distinct from the Red Sichuan Pepper). Try making a fragrant spice powder and using it in roasts, a noodle stir fry, or a hot pot fish with pickled vegetables. (A little goes a long way!)
Sichuan Pepper spice powder loses its punch over time, so freeze surplus peppercorns and grind them as needed.
Growing Conditions - Sichuan Pepper (Szechuan Pepper)
Green Sichuan Pepper bushes like nothing better than rich, well drained soil and a sun - part shady spot. Avoid planting them near other citrus trees.
While young, these plants also like protection from the wind and frost. Once established, they are a generally hardy plant and will survive a light winter frost. Water moderately during dry periods (especially if growing your plant in a pot). Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Green Sichuan Pepper plants require heavy pruning to maintain a good shape and encourage next years fruit. They have glossy green leaves that they maintain through the winter. Sichuan Pepper are self fertile but more than one plant will encourage a larger crop.