Native Region: Korea
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 07 December, 2014
Seed count: 20-25
A large deciduous shrub or small multi-trunked tree with bright green pinnate leaves. The trunk and branches are well armed with sharp spines. Panicles of pale green flowers are produced in early summer, followed by clusters of aromatic pink fruit that splits to reveal the very aromatic black seeds in the fall. Height and spread 8 feet.
The seeds of this species are very flavourful with strong anise, citrus, and pepper notes. Both the pericarp (seed coating) and the black seeds are used in cooking. Some commercial mixes are from mechanically harvested sources and sometimes may contain the sharp spines, which must be removed before using. This is one of the very few true spices that is hardy in temperate regions.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow seed in containers of standard starter mix in a cold frame in the fall. Check occasionally to ensure they do not become either overly wet or overly dry. Grow on in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun.