Sechuan pepper is not related to real pepper, but the shape of the fruit is similar, hence its name. The spice itself is really just the peel of the fruit, the bitter black seeds that dwell inside are removed.
Supply has been difficult and volatile in recent years, as there are few Sechuan peppers that meet health safety standards and have pesticide levels below the limit. Therefore, we do not recommend direct sourcing from China either, only safe Sechuan pepper that has already been tested with European suppliers.
Sechuan pepper has a pungent taste, is citrusy, with a numbing effect in the aftertaste, is used only in small quantities (max. 1-3 grams), but is not recommended during pregnancy. Dry toasting can also enhance the pepper flavor.
A popular spice for poultry dishes, see Sechuan Duck and this ingredient makes our Chinese five-spice blend so special.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.