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S&B - Sansho Pepper 12 grams

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4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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  • Ground Green Japanese Pepper!

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  • Item Weight: 0.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000WYCZX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,211 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
Sometimes a new flavor is off-putting. Sometimes we have to try it a few times before we get past the unfamiliarity and are able to appreciate the new sensations our tongue is telling us. But sometimes you try something new, and you just think "Yum!"

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.
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A little spendy for a product that goes for a lot less in Japan, but since it's so hard to find in the U.S., I was happy to pay for it. Great little spice to add to your collection -- a little bit like a citrusy pepper.

Well-sealed and smells exactly like what I remember from Japan :)
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Strangely addictive, this green pepper is not everyone's idea of a great spice. I got it because I have a cookbook on Japanese grill recipes, also available on Amazon:The Japanese Grill: From Classic Yakitori to Steak, Seafood, and Vegetables

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.
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I was a bit surprised at the small container. I later found this item at my local oriental grocery for less money. The flavor is authentic and it is a useful spice.
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Pricey but I live in a Japanese food desert(Orland Park, IL) This stuff is imperative if you like broiled ell (Unagi). No "Japanese" restaurant here has this or have heard of it. Japanese???????? I now have my own stash that I put in my pocket when I have a hankering for Unagi!
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I have a friend who can't eat black pepper any more because it upsets his stomach terribly. Since he loves pepper, I bought him a bottle of this Sancho Japanese green pepper and he loves it! He used it on his eggs the next day and pronounced it a 100% success! Not only did it not bother his stomach, but he loves the flavor, especially the hint of citrus, and satisfied his pepper craving. He's a tough customer to please, so I ordered a bottle for myself! Thanks Amazon for carrying products that I would never know about, let alone have access to, without you!
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I bought this just out of curiosity, and I have used it a few times. It is fairly mild, and is heavily laced with what we think of as Accent. I probably won't buy it again, but feel it was worth the price to try it. Probably will be good with Japanese dishes.
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Arrived on time and in perfect condition. Slightly different taste than black pepper we are used to but definitely "tasty" and spicy. I ordered two of these and will continue to order as needed. Really do like this taste. Hai!
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