Kitchen Culture

tasty tidbits from the old-fashioned Japanese Kitchen


sanshō & kino

Sanshō (Zanthoxylum piperitum Asian prickly ash) has separate male and female plants. The tongue-tingling berries (below, left) are harvested from FEMALE plants. The sunny-colored flowers (below, right) are harvested from MALE plants.
The leaves, kinomé (left) are harvested from both make and female plants. The season is short. Leaves are plucked late March through April. Young green berries (often called peppercorns) come to market in May and June.
Mature berries (above) that have turned red, then brown and split to reveal dark inner seeds are called wari-zanshō. They are harvested in the fall.