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S&B - Sansho Pepper 12 grams
- Ground Green Japanese Pepper!
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That is what happened to me when I was living in Japan, and I reached for the unfamiliar little green bottle with the indecipherable writing and sprinkled some on my food. Yum.
Sansho is the dried and ground husk of the Sichuan pepper, which is neither a peppercorn nor a chili pepper. It looks more like a berry when you see it on the tree, or like a coffee bean. The peppers are used widely in Asian cooking, especially Chinese Sichuan (also spelled "Szechwan") cooking. Sansho has the unique quality of slightly numbing the tongue, which allows you to experience more of the flavor and less of the heat of other peppers. That makes it is one of the key ingredients in the famous Chinese 5-Spice and the Japanese 7-Spice blends.
On its own, sansho doesn't taste like pepper. It has a more aromatic character, almost a lemony/spicy quality. In Japan, it is said that sansho tastes like spring. The spice is traditionally used on unagi eel, or as a topping for hot noodle broths like udon.
Personally, I can put sansho on pretty much anything. It tastes great on scrambled eggs or pan-fried potatoes. I even recently made a batch of sansho chicken sausage that turned out fantastic. If you give it a taste, you will soon find plenty of foods that you think will benefit from a sprinkling of sansho.
This little green "S & B Sansho" bottle is about as ubiquitous as it gets in Japan. I don't know if I had any other kind of sansho, and I am thrilled that I can still get this in the US.
Well-sealed and smells exactly like what I remember from Japan :)
My first impression, after removing the lid and getting a good whiff, I was blown away by how intensely aromatic this pepper is. Unmistakably citrus, with undertones of mint. The aroma reminded me a lot of Murray and Lanman's old splash-on cologne called Florida Water. For those not familiar with that, there's a slight similarity to the European cologne called 4711. The taste was citrus with an earthy sweetness and a slight peppery bite. But the most interesting thing, this pepper has a bizarre effect on the tongue, creating a mild numbing/tingling sensation. That's sampling the ground pepper straight from the jar. I don't know if it would have that same effect when used in Asian meals. A very unique product, and indispensable for certain Japanese dishes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this green pepper for a lot of my cooking. It adds a bit of a light flower type flavor that brightens up the food I put it on.Published 3 months ago by Dianne Bosque
It you can't handle black or white pepper but miss pepper try this green pepper. It is excellent and has a more mild taste than it's cousins!Published 4 months ago by KATHY
This stuff is delicious. I don't know exactly what it's made of, but I love it. Add it to ramen and be happy.Published 5 months ago by That One Guy
This pepper taste good with any food item that you usually cook with salt, it also make your breath feels refreshing!Published 5 months ago by Zackariah