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 Post subject: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:22 pm 
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I purchased a Sichuan Pepper (Zanthoxylum piperitum) plant from Diggers a little while ago and am highly intrigued to see how it goes. I use a the spice a reasonable amount and it is a must if I'm doing crispy skinned duck.

It's only been in the ground for about a months but has put on a little new growth in that time.

Curious to know if anybody else is growing this and was it successful ?


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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:44 pm 
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Looks interesting from the wikipedia info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper

Is anyone growing the Australian native pepper "Tasmannia lanceolata". I'm keen to try and grow this.

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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:44 am 
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Good website on the chemistry of the plant here: http://www.diemenpepper.com/plant.html

Thought the below was an interesting factoid given most of us here have an interest in aquaponics/aquaculture as well ...

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The presence of 'polygodial' in extracts of T. lanceolata, was first reported in 1962. Since then the compound has attracted considerable scientific interest for its unique biological properties, - antimicrobial and antifungal, insect antifeeding and a hot taste for humans and browsing mammals.

The compound also has powerful piscicidal (fish poisoning) effects - Water Pepper, (which also contains polygodial), has been used by Nepalese fish farmers to remove feral fish from their ponds before restocking, since it is rapidly degraded after having the desired effect.


Also learnt a new word: piscicidal :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:52 am 
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Well this has turned into a short thread.

It's been looking unwell for the last couple of weeks, but finally died earlier in the week :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:03 am 
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What killed it. Do you have any native trees near by. They tend to drop sap to get rid of the competition.

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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:15 am 
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dufflight wrote:
What killed it. Do you have any native trees near by. They tend to drop sap to get rid of the competition.

Thanks Duff

Yeah, it's pretty close to and Ironbark gum that I had intended to let it climb all over.

Maybe that's why the yacon is not really doing much, other than survive. Mmmmmm...

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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:00 pm 
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CD, it looks awfully like a 'pink pepper' tree we have on our farm (with river red gums all around). It suckers like crazy and can hardly be kept under control. I'm constantly trying to get rid of its 'daughters'. If it is the same one, I would say you've had a lucky escape. I'd buy my pepper over the counter rather than have our one again.

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 Post subject: Re: Sichuan Pepper
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:36 am 
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Yeah GS, had the thought that the leaves looked similar when I first got it as well, but looked into it and it was definitely a vine.

I'm familiar with the pepper trees as well - certainly obligatory on every farm in South Australia and even bouncing around the WA goldfields, whenever I came across the ruins of an old house, there was almost certainly a pepper tree nearby.

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yep looks like one we had on farm in Morawa, was like a weed

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