LIGHT: Sun // WATER: Average // COLOR: Greenish Yellow Flowers / Reddish Brown Fruit.
Imported from USA.
OTHER: Zanthoxylum Simulans, the Szechuan Pepper plant, is a
shrub to small tree that is actually in the citrus family, not
the pepper family. They are native to eastern China & Taiwan, &
are cold hardy to Zone 5. The plants are able to grow in nearly
any type of soil including clay, & can even tolerate full shade.
It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. The bushes are
actually quite ornamental! They have pretty white flowers in
clusters that turn to cluster of 3-4mm pink fruit. The pink
shells later open to reveal shiny black seeds. The stems have
spines, & the foliage is fragrant when it’s crushed. In fall, the
leaves turn lovely shades of yellow, orange, & orangey-red. The
plants are dioecious, so you will need both male & female plants
for pollination. It is the pink seed shells or husks that are the
edible spice called Szechuan Pepper. The seeds actually have no
flavor, but will fall out & get out of your way so you can easily
pick the fragrant pink pods. Szechuan Pepper is commonly used in
Chinese & Indian cuisine. The husks can be used whole, or ground
into powder. It is one of the ingredients for five-spice powder.
Szechuan Pepper has a stronger flavor than black pepper with a
unique somewhat citrusy flavor.