Ingredient Spotlight: Sichuan Peppercorns

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Sichuan peppercorns are a key ingredient in Chinese cooking. They have an unique, tangy taste and aroma. They are not pungent like black peppers, but have a lemony taste. They are spicy and can bring a numbing feel to the mouth and lips. Generally, they are added last when used in cooking. Only the husks are used, and are often toasted beforehand.

They can be found at Asian markets or ordered online at places like Penzey’s or Import Food.

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