Hi there, hope you are all very well , and enjoy the British summer right now. Since the weather is so good , all my plants are growing very well now in my plot. Today I would like to share with you my Szechuan pepper tree with you.
I lived in the capital city of Szechuan province for several years. While I was there, I fell in love with Szechuan cuisine. The ingredient that nearly every single recipe needs is the Szechuan peppercorn. Here in the UK, it is very difficult to get good quality Szechuan peppercorns, therefore I always want to grow it by myself.
The picture below shows my Szechuan peppercorn tree. Well, it is not a tree now, really, just one and a half meters high right now.
I sowed three fresh Szechuan peppercorn seeds in March, 2015. I managed to have had two seeding in that spring. However just one survived the winter of 2015, therefore this is my only peppercorn tree.
I expect that I can harvest some fresh peppercorns this year. I saw a giant Szechuan pepper corn in St Andrew’s botanic garden which looks at least 10 years old. There are enormous Szechuan peppercorn on the tree when I visited there in 2016. This is a proof that we can grow the Szechuan pepper tree here in Scotland. If you would like to grow Szechuan peppercorn, do not buy peppercorns from Asia stores. What you need is freshly-harvested peppercorns!
That’s all for today. And until next time,