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Sichuan Pepper Plants (Red)


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Red Sichuan Pepper Plants are one of the secret ingredients in Chinese Five Spice - and you can be sure the fruit will pack lots more punch than the stale spice powder you can buy in the shops!  Zingy and delicious, fresh Red Sichuan Peppercorns are a must-have for Sichuan cuisine aficionados.  

Urban Bounty's Red Sichuan Pepper plants are one year old and 30 - 40 cm tall.  They come in a 2.5 litre pot. 

 What is Red Sichuan Pepper (Szechuan Pepper, Quing Hua Jiao, Prickly Ash)

Red Sichuan Pepper plants are a deciduous thorny bush related to citrus.  (Contrary to popular belief, they are unrelated to Black Peppercorns.) In Vietnamese culture, they are called 'hoa tieu', which means 'flower pepper'. 

The reddish-pink berries/seeds of Red Sichuan bushes are often used in Sichuan cuisine, giving off a unique aroma with woody, citrus notes. The clusters of berries begin to appear after flowering in spring, ready for harvest in summer.

Without intervention, Sichuan pepper plants grow to about 1.5 metres high.  If you have a small garden, you can grow them in a large pot, and prune heavily after fruiting.  Fertilise in spring.

Culinary Uses for Red Sichuan Pepper (Szechuan Pepper, Hua Jiao, Hoa tieu)

Red Sichuan berries have an earthy, slightly floral and zingy flavour that distinguishes them from Green Sichuan peppercorns.   Get ready for a sensory sensation, because they also produce a tingly, numbing sensation in your mouth - something that is integral for the "Ma La" (numbing and spicy) effect so often associated with Sichuan cuisine. The numbing quality of the berries is said to take the edge of the hot spice, allowing one to enjoy the complex layering of flavours in a dish.

Sichuan pepper berries can be used whole, or the husks can be toasted and ground into a fragrant spice powder (sifting required). Use the spice powder to season roasted meats and stir fries. (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) 

Sichuan Pepper bushes like nothing better than rich, well drained soil and a sun - part shady spot.  We recommend that you plant two together, as they tend to fruit better with some cross-pollination.  (Don't expect them to produce fruit until they are at least three years old. ) Avoid planting near citrus trees. 

While young, these plants 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, keeping the soil moist, but not soggy. Trim them to enhance the shape, manage size and remove dead or damaged growth.  If you are looking forward to a harvest next season, be careful not to prune new growth - this is where new peppers develop.  Red Sichuan Pepper have lighter green leaves than the Green Sichuan variety and tend to lose their leaves in winter, providing a lovely autumn display!

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.