The Facing Heaven Pepper (Capsicum annuum var. conoides; Chinese name: 朝天椒; pinyin: cháo tiān jiāo, also known as 指天椒; pinyin: zhǐ tiān jiāo meaning skyward-pointing chili pepper), is a cone-shaped, medium-hot chili pepper with very thin skin, between 3 and 6 centimeters in length, and 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter at the base. It originates from the Sichuan province in Southwest China. Its name is fitting because the pepper grows with the fruit pointing upwards, rather than downwards as is normal in other pepper plants.
Because of its attractive appearance, the dried chili is often added to dishes whole. Although the chilli is too hot to be consumed raw it can be lightly cooked in oil to produce a milder equivalent.
Because of import restrictions[vague], Facing Heaven chilies are difficult to find in the United States, but they are available in Chinese and specialty stores in Europe.
This dried chili pepper is described as a pantry staple in the Sichuan province of China by Fuchsia Dunlop in her cookbook "Land of Plenty" on Sichuan cooking where she describes it as very fragrant and moderately hot (much less hot than tiny Thai chilies). The plant's upright growing habit is typical of "ornamental" peppers.