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.
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.
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.