Sichuan Pepper Plants (Green)


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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.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.