Szechwan (also spelled Szechuan) peppercorns are a true taste sensation like none other in the spice world. They are very fragrant, slightly woody with a hint of citrus. When you bite into a berry, you’ll taste an immediate citrus like flavor followed by a slight numbing effect which bursts into a tingling sensation on the tip of your tongue. This sensation is caused by an enzyme releasing; waking up your mouth and intensifying all the intermingling flavors.
Dry-roasting these berries will bring out their best flavor. Roast berries for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. After they cool, grind and use as needed. Great for stir fries, grilling and roasting. Try on chicken, fish, beef and veggies.