What is Szechuan pepper?

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What is Szechuan pepper?
« on: 10/03/2009 03:04:17 »
When I taste it it resembles to me celery with a hint of anise?

So what is it exactly and where does it come from...plant or such?

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What is Szechuan pepper?
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2009 07:41:53 »
Sichuan pepper (or Szechuan pepper) is the outer pod of the tiny fruit of a number of species in the genus Zanthoxylum (most commonly Z. piperitum, Z. simulans, and Z. schinifolium), widely grown and consumed in Asia as a spice. Despite the name, it is not related to black pepper or to chili peppers. It is widely used in the cuisine of Sichuan, China, from which it takes its name, as well as Tibetan, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Japanese and Konkani and Batak Toba cuisines, among others.

It is known in Chinese as huājiāo (花椒; literally "flower pepper"); a lesser-used name is shānjiāo (山椒; literally "mountain pepper"; not to be confused with Tasmanian mountain pepper). In Japanese, it is 山椒 sanshō, using the same Chinese characters as shanjiao. In Tibetan, it is known as g.yer ma. In Konkani it is known as tepal or tirphal [1]. In Indonesia's North Sumatra province, around Lake Toba, it is known as andaliman in the Batak Toba language and tuba in the Batak Karo language. In America, it is sold as fagara or flower pepper as well as Sichuan pepper.

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« Reply #2 on: 10/03/2009 09:34:41 »
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What is Szechuan pepper?
« Reply #3 on: 11/03/2009 07:53:59 »
Stuart - Beaver sounds nothing like bum!  [:(!]

Hah! You finally noticed! Its been like that for oooh, ages.

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« Reply #4 on: 11/03/2009 19:19:56 »
Unlike chili pepper or ordinary pepper, it doesn't "burn" it sort of tingles. (That's a scientific term, honest.
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« Reply #5 on: 11/03/2009 20:47:12 »
I never noticed any tingle or burn.. bu it wa a good flavor although my son had added salt to it.

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