Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spice of the Month - Sichuan pepper

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Sichuan pepper (or Szechuan) is also known as anise pepper or Chinese Coriander.

It comes from China, Japan and North America

Sichuan pepper is not part of the pepper family – it is actually the berry of the prickly ash tree.  It does taste peppery and lemony though.  If you use a lot of it you end up feeling a bit numbed by the heat.

Sichuan pepper is an ingredient in 5 spice powder

Heat it in a dry pan and then grind and mix with salt

BIBLIOGRAPHY - with thanks to Auckland Libraries

Cook's Encyclopaedia of Spices by Sallie Morris & Lesley Mackley
Discovering Vegetables, Herbs & Spices by Susanna Lyle
Spice Market by Jane Lawson
Spicery by Ian & Elizabeth Hemphill
Spices & Natural Flavourings by Jennifer Mulherin
Spices by Sophie Grigson
Spices Condiments and Seasonings by Kenneth T Farrell
Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David
The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander

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