Zanthoxylum simulans, the Sichuan pepper, produces brownish red fruits that are used in Sichuan cuisine having a spicy, numbing effect.
Zanthoxylum simulans, the Sichuan pepper, is a deciduous, aromatic, spiny shrub or small tree with small, yellowish green flowers and brownish red fruits that are used in Sichuan cuisine. The peppercorns impart a strange spiciness that actually numbs the tongue -- a strange and intriguing sensation kind of like crossing a habanero pepper with a trip to the dentist. It's cool. Really! Plants are partially self-fertile but will produce more fruit when two different plants are present.
Common Name: Sichuan Pepper
Family: Rutaceae (The Citrus Family)
Zone Hardiness: 5-9
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Spring - Summer
Soil Moisture: Average
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Plains and upland forests.
Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan
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