The Facing Heaven chilli is so named as it grows with the pods pointing towards to sky. It originated from the Sichuan province in southwest China.
The pods are cone shaped and grown to between 3 and 6 cm in length, and 1-2cm in diameter, they are very thin skinned and when dried they produce a nice rattle sound when shaken.
Facing Heaven Chilles are a big part of Szechuan cuisine is unlike any other Chinese cuisine we are use to it he highly flavour with Garlic and Chillies, with the Szechuan peppercorn also playing a signification part.
The pods have a bit of a citrus zing to them and are mild to medium heat so can be used in most cooking, In the UK you may find them in specialist retailers, but they are generally hard to find.
These pods where kindley provided by ChilliPepperPete and can be found on his web site, which also have stock of Szechuan peppercorns. we have a great recipe from ChillipepperPete for a Szechuan Hot Pot coming very soon.