Szechuan pepper harvest 2018

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Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:57 »
One of the smaller harvests this year, but my pepper bush has done really well and I have quite a stash.  Given it is quite a pricey spice to buy, I am more than chuffed with this lot  :D
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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 12:02 »
Thats great, will you use it in special dishes or just substitute for black pepper? What size Bush is it? Is it in the ground/pot at home or plot?
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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 16:43 »
I didn't know you could grow Szechuan pepper in the UK? Where did you get the seeds from, I'd love to have a go at those :D

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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 11:27 »
Thats great, will you use it in special dishes or just substitute for black pepper? What size Bush is it? Is it in the ground/pot at home or plot?

Its not really a black pepper sub Snowdrops as it tastes different.  Last year I only got a fraction of this, so made a salt/black pepper/szechuan pepper mix as a rub and seasoning for meat.  I used it on chicken and pork and for marinating meats for stir-fry.  This year I will branch out.

I've put on a picture of Mr Spikey.  He's about 4 years old now and lives in a pot at home.  In the absence of other pruning info, I pruned him like a small fruit tree with spurs coming off the main branches and that seems to have worked wonders for producing the pepper berries.  These bushes have lethal thorns, so it also keeps him under control as they are quite untidy plants if left to grow untamed and long branches of waving thorns are a bit of a worry  :ohmy:

He's going into autumn colours now before dropping his leaves,  but is fully hardy outside over the winter.
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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 11:31 »
I didn't know you could grow Szechuan pepper in the UK? Where did you get the seeds from, I'd love to have a go at those :D

Mine was bought as a plant and arrived as no more than a rooted stick tbh, but they are fast growing and easy, so I wouldn't be put off by that.

I have given away seeds, but they don't seem to germinate for some reason.  Sunshineband tried last year to no avail.  You have given me a thought to try some hardwood cuttings actually - I'll get back to you on that one   :)

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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 12:24 »
Thanks. I might have a look around and see if I can get a plant.

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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2018, 17:51 »
Well done New Shoot. You have a beautiful plant and I am really glad you have such a worthy harvest! All good  :D :D
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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2018, 19:30 »
Thanks Newshoot, Ill pass on it for now, with 2 tiny grandchildren Ive just chopped down ourtree of Rome that I grew from seed that collected on the Spanish Steps...youve guessed it in Rome....because of its horrendous spikes that would have impaled a small child had they fallen on it, plus I dont like spiky plants(memories of being forced to help my grandparents weed the front garden for my parents, it was all rose bushes 😂. Enjoy your harvest, Im waiting for the saffron that Surbie sent me , to produce more than the 2 strands I harvested last year😂

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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 21:17 »
Roasted sea salt and pepper mix made the other day.  You dry roast both, then bung in a spice grinder.  Its good fierce stuff  :)

Also oil with the pepper and hm chilli flakes - you heat both in the oil, leave to steep for a couple of days, then strain.  I discovered this was fab with eggs, but I'm sure it will get a regular outing on all sorts of foods  :D
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Re: Szechuan pepper harvest 2018
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 22:02 »
Sounds good, enjoy


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