Szechuan Pepper, Whole

Organic
Region: China
Szechuan Peppers are not technically in the pepper family, but rather a member of the Rutaceae (rue or citrus) family. The taste profile is hard to describe, but a visit to a true Szechuan style Chinese restaurant will offer you a spice taste like no other. Szechuan pepper is characterized by its tart, lemony, acrid flavor; it is also woodsy and slightly peppery, with a complex progression of flavors that Tony Hill, in The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices, describes as moving from "citrus zest to numbing shock to lingering mild sweetness."

Type: Spices