Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Amazing Sichuan Peppercorns
Sichuan is an area in China that has an abundance of chillis, spices and more importantly, I may add the famous Sichuan pepper, this pepper is quite remarkable it has a flavour unlike any that I have tasted before, there is a slightly citrusy flavour that is sharply followed by strong peppery taste which then develops into an unusual numbing sensation.
This pepper is really the secret ingredient of Sichuan cuisine, a largely unknown pepper in Europe, having said that people are now starting to discover this pepper as well as use it in their cooking. So I would not be surprised if you are one of them, and the same can be said for those who have never heard of this pepper before.
Sichuan meaning in Chinese "four rivers" is a rich and fertile province, the largest in southwestern China. Famous for its plateaus, large forests, misty mountains, natural sanctuaries of giant pandas, it enjoys a climate that oscillates between wet monsoon winters and intense summer sun. In this province, the climate favours the development of a wide variety of plants, many of which are used in cooking.
Sichuan cuisine is famous all over the world for its subtlety as well as its spicy, aromatic and rich chilli flavours. It is one of the most characteristic regional cuisines of China. Chengdu is the capital of the province where Sichuan style cuisine originated from, it has also been honored as the “world's gastronomic capital” by Unesco. Its culinary tradition is based on "the rule of seven tastes", salty, sweet, sour, acidic, aromatic (combination garlic-ginger), toasted nuts and seeds (mainly sesame) and spicy.
Sichuan specialties are known for their spicy flavour, a flavour known as "spicy dry". According to Sichuan, the special feature of the "spicy dry" is that the spices used in the preparation of a dish consist of a mixture of dry ingredients: peppercorns (black, red or white) and dried crushed chillies. The chefs specializing in this Sichuan cuisine thus define the sensation provided by the "dry pepper”:
Therefore with this array of in incredible ingredients there is, as you can imagine an unbelievable amount of different dishes that can be created.
‘Pockmarked Granny' Bean Curd (Mapo Tofu), Spicy Diced Chicken (Kung Pao Chicken), Fuqi Fei Pian ('Husband and Wife Lung Slices’), Sìchuān huǒguō Sichuan Hot Pot, Dandan Mian (Dandan Noodles)
Ganbian Sijidou (Dry Stir-Fried Green Beans), Twice Cooked Pork huí guō ròu, just to name a few of the most famous ones.
This can be quite difficult to source all of these complex ingredients and then to mix them in the right quantities at the right times in the cooking process.
We decided to dedicate months of hard work and research to develop our own chilli sauce which we feel encapsulates all of the incredible flavours of this particular region.
Now you can enjoy the amazing flavours of Sichuan with ease in the comfort of your own home.
Sichuan pepper contains many different minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients that the body requires. Some of the most important components include potassium, vitamin A, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorous. This is in addition to a wide variety of phytosterols, terpenes, and carotenes.
Top 10 Health Benefits
Thanks to the High levels of iron found in Sichuan pepper it will help ensure that there is enough hemoglobin in your body to oxygenate your red blood cells and stimulate the circulatory system.
Chemicals found in Sichuan peppers can occupy pain receptors, thus eliminating the nervous system from generating discomfort or pain. This isn’t a cure for pain, but it can help treatment.
High levels of zinc found in Sichuan peppers mean that this potent spice is important for the strength of the immune system. Many people overlook zinc and ignore its effects in boosting our immu