Sichuan Green Peppercorns

Katherine Loffreto

We’re about to introduce you to your new favorite food addiction. Are you ready? It’s Sichuan Green Peppercorn! The spice with the tingling buzzy bite you’re going to want to keep coming back for. Now I know that may come as a surprise, but just hang on. You’ll soon see why these peppery little bites are worthy of your cravings!

Our Sichuan Green Peppercorns are sourced from China – which is no surprise seeing as how it’s the signature spice of China’s southwestern Sichuan province. When eaten, it produces a numbing tingling sensation – due to the presence of hydroxy-alpha sanshool. This molecule is found naturally in plants from the genus Zanthoxylum. Sichuan Green Peppercorn has loads of it!

Sichuan Peppercorns have been used in China for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes. As an herbal remedy, it’s prescribed for various ailments from abdominal pain to toothache. It’s been said to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects. In traditional Chinese cuisine, it’s dried and ground in the commonly used Five Spice Powder, and is a key ingredient in Chongqing Hot Pot. In Himalayan cooking, it’s a key ingredient in Momo – a dumpling stuffed with vegetables, cottage cheese, or beef and flavored with Sichuan Green Peppercorn, Garlic, Ginger, and Onion.

The beautiful thing about this spice is how easily it can be adapted to another cuisine’s dishes. Crack some of this onto a rib-eye or pork chop before grilling and you’ll instantly be singing its praises. It makes a wonderful flavor accompaniment to fall dishes like whipped sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. If you wanted to get a little fancy, some Sichuan Green Peppercorn cracked over striped bass or yellowfin tuna crudo would be spectacular. Or just a touch ground into some granulated sugar before sprinkling over a crème brulee – divine!

Although the Sichuan Green Peppercorn hails from far far away, you can make it a staple in your kitchen right here at home. The possibilities are truly endless and we think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you fall in love with its tingly buzzy flavor. Now get cooking!

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