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Szechuan Pepper refers to the dried pepper of the prickly ash tree, it is thought to have come into culinary use during the first millennium BC. The bark of this tree was used by the American Indians as a stimulant for toothache and the Japanese to make pestles and mortars, to impart a mild flavour to the food being pounded.
Szechuan Pepper has a warm, peppery aroma with citrus notes. Its flavour is similarly pepper-like with a very slight numbing, fizzy sensation on the tongue.