Not strictly a pepper, sichuan pepper is the dried, burst seed pods of a prickly ash tree. The taste is hot like pepper, lingering and somewhat “fizzy” on the tongue. We love them! it is used in many Asian recipes, especially stocks for making roast duck and pork. The black seeds within the seed pods are tasteless and gritty when ground. These are the very highest quality pods that have been graded and cleaned.
Warning: some prickly ash thorns may remain after cleaning, so we suggest you look for thorns and remove them if you are using Sichuan Pepper in its whole form.