Our Zanthoxylum simulans (aka Szechuan Pepper or Prickly Ash) shrubs are doing really well and this is our 2nd year’s harvest. We use the seed husks to grind as pepper and we have some surplus seeds that we are selling.
If you’d like to try your hand at growing your own pepper – the shrubs are hardy to Zone 6 and you can grow them in Britain and other places less warm and sunny than Portugal! – then have a look at our ebay listing which also has more information.
Portugal Smallholding is for sale! PP275: Quinta das Abelhas 275,000 euros Tabua Farmhouse, cottage, 2 yurts and 3 caravans. Ecologically designed, solar electricity, own water source, phone and internet. 3 hectares organic land with permaculture gardens, fruit, nut and olive trees, grape vines, paddocks, stables and manege. http://www.pureportugal.co.uk/listman/listings/l0067.html