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Szechuan Pepper; Szechwan  [SEHCH-wahn; SEHCH-oo-ahn]     Native to the Szechuan province of China, this mildly hot spice comes from the prickly ash tree. Though not related to the peppercorn family, Szechuan berries resemble black peppercorns but contain a tiny seed. Szechuan pepper has a distinctive flavor and fragrance. It can be found in Asian markets and specialty stores in whole or powdered form. Whole berries are often heated before being ground to bring out their tantalizing flavor and aroma. Szechuan pepper is also known as anise  pepper,  Chinese  pepper,  fagara,  flower  pepper,  sansho  and Sichuan  pepper .

    If you've got it, but don't know what to do with it, below are some traditional dishes that the spice complements nicely.

Salads  
Soups & Stews  
Fish & Poultry  
Meats  
Vegetables  
Pasta; Grains;
Dried Beans
 
Cheese & Egg Dishes  
Sauces  
Miscellaneous  


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