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Chinese Food, Szechwan cuisine
The most populated of China"s provinces, this inland area is one of the countries main rice bowls. The climate is very humid and rainy in the summer, but the winters are mild - so it is suitable for agriculture throughout the year. As well as rice, wheat, rape seed, sweetcorn (maize) and bamboo shoots are the main crops. Citrus fruits, especially tangerines are also grown in abundance. Szechwan peppercorns are a special product.
Hung-shao - the red-braising method of cooking - originated in this area, but has been adopted nationally. See 'Chinese Food, General and History'